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The Tibetan parliament-in-exile in northern India is holding a crucial session to discuss the resignation of the Dalai Lama as its political leader. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual and political leader announced last week he would step down as Tibet's political leader.
The Tibetan parliament-in-exile met on Monday in Dharamsala in northern India to discuss the Dalai Lama's formal proposal to give up his political responsibilities.
The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader announced last Thursday he would step down as Tibet's political leader. The move is seen as transforming the government-in-exile into a more assertive and democratic body. It'll likely give the prime minister more clout in the face of Chinese pressure.
The Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile says parliamentarians will debate the Dalai Lama's proposal more fully on Tuesday.
[Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister, Tibetan Government-in-exile]:
"Today I think His Holiness' message to the parliament regarding his relinquishing of the political responsibilities that will be lead and perhaps from tomorrow the general debate will be started."
It is not clear if parliament will accept the Dalai Lama's resignation. On Thursday the prime minister warned of a constitutional deadlock.
The Dalai Lama will remain Tibet's spiritual leader and continue to advocate autonomy for Tibet from the northern Indian town of Dharamsala, where he has lived in exile since 1959.
Analysts say by divesting his political powers, the 75-year-old Dalai Lama has made it more difficult for China to influence the course of the independence movement after his death. The Chinese regime insists the choosing of the next Dalai Lama must meet its approval.
Some Tibetans fear that a reduced role for the charismatic Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1989, could diminish the larger independence movement.