Lobsang Sangay to be sworn in as new ‘Kalon Tripa’ tomorrow



Dharamshala (Aug 7): Lobsang Sangay will be sworn in as the new Kalon Tripa (PM in asylum) of the Tibetan government-in-exile here tomorrow.

Tibetans settled across the globe have gathering here in large number to witness the historic moment as for the first time the Tibetan prime minister will be the absolute political head of the community after The Dalia Lama relinquished his political powers. Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the Tibetan government-in-exile, told media persons here today that the oath-taking ceremony will be held at the central courtyard of the Tsuglagkhang, the main temple here at 9 am on Monday.

“The new Kalon Tripa (prime minister-in-exile) would play a greater political role after the Dalai Lama(76) announced his retirement from active politics. The Tibetan spiritual leader officially renounced his
political powers May 30, 2011.” he stated

Indian-born Sangay (43) was senior fellow of Harvard Law School and has been elected in the three-phase poll for Kalon Tripa held in March 20, 2011. Sangay will succeed Samdhong Rinpoche, who was chosen twice to the post. interacting with media, Sangay stated, “With the growing age of the older generation, it
is the responsibility of the younger generation to take the movement forward and seek a resolution to the Tibetan problem.”

Despite several round of talk between representatives of Tibetan and Chinese government, the deadlock remains over peaceful settlement of the Tibetan issue even as the Dalai Lama has maintained the middle
path of seeking autonomy for Tibet within Chinese mainland.

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