Dalai Lama re­jects pleas

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

THE Dalai Lama re­jected calls from his fol­low­ers and the Ti­betan par­lia­ment-in­ex­ile, urg­ing him to re­con­sider his de­ci­sion to re­tire as po­lit­i­cal head of the move­ment. The 75-year-old spir­i­tual leader an­nounced last week that he wanted to shed his role as po­lit­i­cal chief of the gov­ern­ment-in-ex­ile and hand his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to a new prime min­is­ter. The No­bel lau­re­ate, who will re­tain the role of Ti­bet’s spir­i­tual leader, stressed he was still ‘‘ fully com­mit­ted’’ to the strug­gle against au­thor­i­tar­ian Chinese rule in Ti­bet.

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