Dalai Lama’s Political Powers to be Shared Among Elected Officials

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The Dalai Lama is set to step down as the political leader of the Tibetan people. At a meeting at the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, a report was drafted for how his power will be split up between different officials.

A report on the amendments to the Tibetan charter was submitted to the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile in Dharamsala, India on Monday.

The report was prepared by a five-member committee headed by the Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile.

The prime minister says that when the Dalai Lama steps down as the Tibetans' political leader, his powers would be shared among various elected leaders of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile.

[Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile]:
"The powers and functions which are assigned to His Holiness has been reassigned either to the Speaker or the Kalon Tripa or the Parliament or the Standing Committee, so by this way in the draft, all His Holiness functions are being devolved and it has been divided to various elected leaders."

The Dalai Lama's resignation is seen as a move to create a more assertive and democratic body, as Tibet seeks autonomy from China.

The Dalai Lama, whose announcement was widely expected, will however remain Tibet's spiritual leader and continue to advocate "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet.

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