Tibetans implore Dalai Lama to assume role of ceremonial head of state



Shimla: Landmark Tibetan National General Meeting, which successfully concluded at Dharamshala today unanimously approved a proposal to request Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama to assume the role of Ceremonial Head of State.

The 4-day meeting attended by Tibetans across the world deliberated the draft amendments to the charter on the devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s political and administrative powers to the democratically elected Tibetan leadership. The meeting also endorsed a proposal to request His Holiness to accept the inclusion of the new preamble and responsibilities assigned to him in Article 1 in case he does not wish to become the Ceremonial Head of State.

The two proposals will be presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 25 May. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the delegates on the same day. The meeting also discussed other amendments to the Charter, which include the executive powers assigned to His Holiness in Article 19. The parliament will meet for a special session from 26 – 28 May to give its approval to the amendments. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will then ratify the amendments to the Charter.

In his closing remarks, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Penpa Tsering said the general meeting has sent a very strong signal to the Chinese government that the Tibetan people are united on the fundamental issues of Tibet.  He underscored that the newly elected Kalon Tripa and the new members of parliament will have even greater responsibilities to shoulder in the near future.

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