Monday, May 30, 2011

The Dalai Lama formally abandoned political power in Tibet

The Dalai Lama has transferred its "formal authority" policy to the elected Tibetan leadership in exile, although it remains the spiritual leader of Tibet, said on Monday India news agency IANS. "The changes that we (the Tibetan Parliament) made to the Constitution, were approved on Sunday by His Holiness," said a spokesman for the secretariat of the Parliament of Tibet, Tenzin Norbu told IANS.

"The political and administrative powers of the Dalai Lama will be legacies without reservations to democratically elected leaders," said Tenzin from the city of Dharamsala (North India), seat of government in exile. The spokesman added that the Dalai remain committed to the cause of Tibet and remains the spiritual leader of all Tibetans.

According to amendments to the Constitution adopted by the Tibetan Parliament, the powers that previously fell Dalai as the head of the Executive, under Article 19, has been delegated to the Kalon Tripa or prime minister, a position which went to the university teacher Lobsang Sangay , 43, in the elections on March 20.

The Parliament has also adopted the title of the "Tibetan government in exile" is modified by "the administration of Tibet." Under the new statute, the rights of the Dalai Lama will include advising and encouraging the protection and welfare of the Tibetan people and remain a participant in efforts to reach a satisfactory solution to the problem of Tibet.

The spiritual leader will meet with world leaders and other important people and organizations to speak on behalf of the Tibetan people, as well as appoint the representatives nominated by the cabinet to serve the interests of Tibet anywhere in the world. "Parliament has been successful democratic reforms and although on the one hand we are sad with the change, this sadness is overcome with happiness that cause us initiatives fully democratize Dalai Lama of Tibet policy," said parliamentary speaker Penpa Tsering.

At 75 years, the Dalai Lama, the global face of the Tibetan exile movement, surprised many when on March 10 announced it would hand over power to elected leaders. The Dalai Lama, whom China accuses of separatist leader, fled Tibet after anti-communist revolt in 1959 and since then has led the Tibetan administration in India, which is not recognized by any country.

About 100,000 Tibetans live in exile in India.

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