Tibetan conclave mulls over Dalai role

The session, which was to conclude on Monday, has been extended by a day following the Dalai Lama’s advice, an official said.

Tenzin Norbu, a spokesperson for the parliamentary secretariat, said the spiritual guru wants that every participant in the meeting should be given a chance to express views on the draft amendments to the Tibetan Charter (constitution) on the devolution of the Dalai Lama's political authorities to the democratically elected Tibetan leadership.

“His Holiness wants that every one should participate in this historical session. The participants came from far-off places, they have the right to express themselves,” he added.

Near about 418 participants from 20 countries have converged at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Himachal Pradesh for the session.

As the session began on Saturday morning, Speaker Penpa Tsering and Kalon Tripa (prime minister) Samdhong Rinpoche addressed the participants.

Rinpoche informed the members about the final draft prepared by the five-member Charter Amendment Drafting Committee that comprises the Kalon Tripa himself.
The draft works out modalities on what all aspects of the charter that needs to be amended to allow transfer of political authority from the Dalai Lama.

Tsering spoke that how the necessary amendments would be carried out.
The Dalai Lama formally announced his political retirement at the onset of the budget session in March this year.

US-based Lobsang Sangay was last month elected the new Kalon Tripa. He will take charge as the new prime minister on August 14.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who will retain his role as spiritual leader after the charter amendment, is not attending the session of exiles.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 when he fled his homeland after a failed uprising against the Communist rule. His government-in-exile is based here but is not recognised by any country.

Some 140,000 Tibetans live in exile around the world, over 100,000 of them in India.

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