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Tibetan parliament-in-exile has three options on Dalai Lama

March 18, 2011

Sify News

Dharamsala: The Tibetan parliament-in-exile has three options before it while deciding on the issue of the Dalai Lama's wish to shed political authority.

The matter is to figure in the session on Tuesday.

Parliament Speaker Penpa Tsering told reporters that the parliament has three options.

'First, we would again request His Holiness that we don't want any changes and he should continue to take political responsibilities.'

'Second possibility would be to accept the suggestion of His Holiness and make changes accordingly. If members say that we agree with the Dalai Lama's proposal, then separate committees would have to be formed. Then there would be a long process, something that cannot be done within the period of this house because the 14th parliament is also coming to an end by May and new parliament and cabinet would come into being by June.'

'The last possibility is to try to find a middle-way wherein the elected representatives can take responsibility for executive affairs with the Dalai Lama in charge of the political leadership,' the speaker said.

'If suggestions from majority of the members opt the middle-way, asking His Holiness to continue the political leadership, then committees will have to be formed to make necessary amendments in the Charter and other regulations,' he added.

The Dalai Lama, 75, announced his decision to retire from his political role March 10, the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising.

The Dalai Lama's government-in-exile is not recognised by any country, including India. Some 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, over 100,000 of them in various parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.

The budget session would continue till March 25.

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