Dalai Lama likely to resign today; Who is his successor?

Dalai Lama
Dharamshala, Mar 14: Ahead of the crucial election for the Prime Minister of Tibet, whic is scheduled to be held on Sunday, 20, the spiritual leader Dalai Lama is expected to table his resignation today (Monday, Mar 14). Dalai Lama's resignation will jerk the question that who will replace him.

Dalai Lama's close aide, Tenzin Takla on Sunday, Mar 13 declared that the 75-year-old leader will address a meeting on Monday where he would request the Tibet Parliament-in-exile to accept his resignation.

Tenzin stated, "His Holiness the Dalai Lama will send a message to the Parliament-in-Exile on Monday asking it to accept his decision to step down as the political head. The message will be read out by Speaker Penpa Tsering."

However, exclaiming the needs of Dalai Lama as the active leader, the speaker of the parliament Tsering claimed, "We still need his leadership because Tibetans are facing destruction of culture, heritage, language, environment — both inside and outside Tibet."

There are three candidates in the upcoming PM election and they are - Lobsang Sengay who teaches at Harvard Law School, Tenzin Tethong who teaches at Stanford University and Tashi Wangdi who has worked closely with the Dalai Lama.

The election is believed to be a crucial decision for Tibet as it will undercuts China's plans to foist a tame Dalai Lama on Tibetans when the current incumbent is no more.

Amid objections over his decision of resignation, Dalai Lama recently stated, "As early as the 1960s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power."

"Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect," added Dalai Lama in Dharamsala which is believed as the centre of Tibetan government-in-exile.

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