Exiled Tibetans re-elect leader to spearhead autonomy drive

(From  Reuters)

Tibetans in exile have re-elected a Harvard-educated lawyer as their political leader to spearhead a campaign to press China to grant Tibet autonomy, a Tibetan government-in-exile said on Wednesday.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (R) and Lobsang Sangay in a file photo

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (R) and Lobsang Sangay in a file photo

Lobsang Sangay, who has led the 150,000-odd Tibetan diaspora since 2011 when the Dalai Lama relinquished his political power, won 57% of the almost 60,000 votes cast, the electoral commission announced in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, where the administration is based.

The Dalai Lama, 81, has sought to build a democratic system of government for exiled Tibetans that is strong enough to hold the community together and negotiate with China after his death.

Question marks over what happens when the spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Laureate dies, amid competing assertions over who should succeed him, have reinforced Tibetans’ need for a leader endowed with democratic legitimacy. Read More



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