Dalai Lama to hand over political power
Published 11/03/2011 | 05:00
The Dalai Lama is to step down as the political leader of Tibet's government-in-exile to foil Chinese interference in his succession.
It is understood that his choice of successor is the Karmapa Lama, the disputed head of a rival branch of Tibetan Buddhism.
Beijing dismissed the announcement as "tricks to deceive the international community". In a speech to mark the anniversary of China's suppression of the 1959 Tibetan uprising, the Dalai Lama (75) said that while he would remain the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism, it was now time to hand over political control to an elected leader.
"I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people. Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)