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10 March 2011 :: 17:03:00 pm 51316

Dalai Lama To Leave Tibet’s Exiled Government

Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has announced his plan to step down from his political position in Tibet’s exiled government.
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DHARAMSHALA, India – On the anniversary of Tibetan failed uprising in 1959 against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama announced that he would begin the formal procedures for his stepping down in a meeting at the exiled Tibetan parliament next week.

“As early as the 1960’s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power, “ he said at Dharamsala, where he was based.

“Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect,” he continued.

The Dalai Lama clarified that his decision to step down was not to “shirk responsibility” or that because he felt discouraged.

BBC’s journalist, Mark Dummeet comments that the replacement figure would feel intimidated in his role because nobody from Tibet could be compared to Dalai Lama’s authority as a spiritual and political leader.

The Dalai Lama also expressed his recommendation for China’s leaders, “China, with the world’s largest population, is an emerging world power and I admire the economic development it has made. It also has huge potential to contribute to human progress and world peace. But to do that, China must earn the international community’s respect and trust. In order to earn such respect China’s leaders must develop greater transparency, their actions corresponding to their words. To ensure this, freedom of expression and freedom of the press are essential.”

After the failed Tibetan’s uprising against China in 1959, the Dalai Lama fled across the Himalayas and has lived in Dharamsala – India since then. He is now the leader figure of Tibet’s exiled government.

Leading up to the anniversary date, Delhi police officers arrested over 30 Tibetans exiles for protesting in front of the Chinese embassy on Wednesday. The protestors wore yellow T-shirts while waving red and blue Tibetan flags, chanting “Free Tibet” and “We want freedom.”

In March 2008, Tibet experienced an aggressive demonstration from a group of anti-China protestors. The country was left in turmoil for the past 20 years. Beijing condemned the followers of Dalai Lama for the political unrest, as they were seeking to separate Tibet from China.

Many Tibetans criticized China’s Han population for overpowering Tibet and hence weaken their culture.

Report by : BBC

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