Dalai Lama plans to step down as Tibetan political leader

DHARAMSALA, India - The Dalai Lama announced on Thursday that he was stepping down as political leader of the Tibetan govermment in exile.
"As early as the 1960s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power," the Dalai Lama said in a prepared speech. "Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect."
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