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Sangay inducted

Harvard scholar Lobsang Sangay was on Monday sworn in as the “prime minister” of the so-called “Tibetan government-in-exile,” succeeding Tibetan religious leader Dalai Lama as the movement's political leader.

Mr. Sangay, 43, who replaces Samdong Rinpoche as “prime minister” (“kalon tripa”) of the Tibetan central administration, was administered the oath by Ngawang Phelgyal, the “chief justice commissioner,” at a public function presided over by the Dalai Lama.

Over 5,000 Tibetans, including community leaders settled outside Tibet and India, braved heavy showers to witness the ceremony.

In his brief speech, the Dalai Lama expressed his gratitude to the Tibetans in exile for participating in the democratic process by electing the “kalon tripa and members of the Tibetan parliament.” — PTI

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