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

Dalai Lama

03/ 9/11 11:46 PM ET   AP

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."

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