August 9, 2011

THE REFORMATION ROLLS ON:

Dalai Lama hands power to Harvard graduate Lobsang Sangay (AFP, August 09, 2011)

LOBSANG Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office yesterday as the Dalai Lama's political successor, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese "colonialism".

After being sworn in as head of the Tibetan government in exile at a ceremony in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, Mr Sangay warned China that the Tibet movement was "here to stay" and would only grow stronger in the waning years of the Dalai Lama.

In an historic shift from the dominance of Tibetan politics by religious figures, the new Prime Minister, who has never set foot in Tibet, is assuming the role relinquished by the 76-year-old Dalai Lama in May.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2011 4:33 PM
  
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