Dalai Lama steps down

Dalai Lama steps down

POSTED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 8:09am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 11:44am

A top Tibetan leader said the Dalai Lama has turned down pleas to accept a ceremonial role in the Tibetan government-in-exile after giving up his position as political leader. The outgoing Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile confirmed the move after meeting with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan delegates in their capital in exile Wednesday.

More than 400 delegates have been discussing the issue for the last four days in the Northern Indian hill town of Dharmsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Tibetan parliament will now take up amendments to its constitution, which are required after the 75-year-old spiritual leader announced that he wanted to end his political role.

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