By The Australian
“Dalai Lama hands power to Harvard graduate Lobsang Sangay”
LOBSANG Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office yesterday as the Dalai Lama’s political successor, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese “colonialism”.
After being sworn in as head of the Tibetan government in exile at a ceremony in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, Mr Sangay warned China that the Tibet movement was “here to stay” and would only grow stronger in the waning years of the Dalai Lama.
In an historic shift from the dominance of Tibetan politics by religious figures, the new Prime Minister, who has never set foot in Tibet, is assuming the role relinquished by the 76-year-old Dalai Lama in May.
In his inauguration speech, Mr Sangay sought to dismiss concerns that his predecessor’s advancing years and eventual death would mark the demise of the movement that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has led since fleeing his homeland in 1959. Click here to continue reading.