Dalai Lama resigns as head of the Tibetan government in exile
Dalai Lama XIV Tenjin Gyamtsho, whose nephew was recently killed during a charity rally in support of Tibet, said that the time had come for a change of leader to be elected by “free vote”.
“I am not at all broken. It would just be better for Tibetans, ”he said.
Dalai Lama shared his views on who would replace him in a responsible post as early as last fall: “Maybe, of course, the boy will be the successor, but I would give greater preference to the coming of the girl to the post of spiritual leader of Buddhists.”
Meanwhile, China does not believe that the Tibetan leader really intends to withdraw from politics. “A statement on his resignation is another attempt to mislead the world community,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.The diplomat called the Dalai Lama instigator of the split of China, and his activities - illegal. Tenjin Gyamtskho, in turn, advised Beijing to be more democratic if he wants to "earn the respect and trust of the world community."
Tibet became part of the Celestial Empire in the XIII century, but periodically gained independence. In 1949, after the formation of the People's Republic of China, Beijing and Lhasa signed the Agreement on the peaceful liberation of Tibet, according to which the latter became part of China as an autonomous region. The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to the Indian city of Dharmsala in 1959. Then he led the Tibetan government in exile.
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