Aug. 8 - The Dalai Lama gives up his political powers as the Tibetan government in exile swears in its new prime minister. Andrew Raven reports.
A new dawn for Tibet's government in exile. The Dalai Lama, to the right, is on hand as Lobsang Sangay is sworn in as Prime Minister. The Harvard law scholar will take over political leadership of the government, which is based in India. The 75-year-old Dalai Lama is relinquishing his role as the political leader of the Tibetan diaspora - a position he has held for decades. But he will remain the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. A government spokesman heralded the shift of powers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) THUBTEN SAMPHEL, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE TIBETAN GOVERNMENT-IN-EXILE: "We are very happy. And I think it's a historic moment when the new generation of Tibetans born in exile will take over and show the responsibilities for Tibet." An estimated 80,000 Tibetans fled to northern India in 1959 after an unsuccessful uprising against Chinese rule. The elevation of Lobsang is widely seen as an attempt to prevent China from influencing the Tibetan independence movement after the Dalai Lama's death. Andrew Raven, Reuters.