[QODLink]
Asia
Tibetans inaugurate new PM-in-exile
Lobsang Sangay assumes political leadership of Tibetan people but Dalai Lama remains spiritual leader.
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2011 17:23

Tibet's government in exile has sworn in a new prime minister as per the wishes of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to hand over leadership to a younger generation.

Lobsang Sangay took the oath of office in a ceremony in the north Indian hill town of Dharamsala.

In his first address, he said he would continue efforts to free his homeland from what he called Chinese "colonialism".

The new generation of Tibetans is looking for a fresh direction and wants closure to the Tibetan stalemate.

But the prime minister has his work cut out for him, as China has refused to hold talks with him or recognise him as the representative of the Tibetan people.

Al Jazeera's Nilanjan Chowdhury reports from northern India.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
More than 400 gaming dens operate on native lands, but critics say social ills and inequality stack the deck.
The Palestinian president is expected to address the UN with a new proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 1,200 aboriginal females have been killed or disappeared over 30 years with little justice served, critics say.
Ethnic violence has wracked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
Malay artists revitalise the art of puppeteering by fusing tradition with modern characters such as Darth Vader.