Dalai Lama Will Give Up Political Role In Tibetan Government-In-Exile

03/10/2011 12:09 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DHARMSALA, India -- The Dalai Lama says he will give up his political role in Tibet's government-in-exile, shifting that power to an elected representative.

The Tibetan spiritual leader has long said he wanted the elected government-in-exile based in this Indian hill town to have more power.

He says in a Thursday speech he would soon be proposing amendments to the exile constitution "reflecting my decision to devolve my formal authority to the elected leader."