Dalai Lama says it is time to devolve power
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has announced a long-awaited plan to devolve his political responsibilities to an elected figure.
The Dalai Lama said he would begin the formal process of stepping down at a meeting of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile next Monday.
The announcement came in a speech by the Dalai Lama marking the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising.
"As early as the 1960s, 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, the Indian town that has become his base.
"Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect," he said.
10 Mar 2011
- From the section Asia-Pacific