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Dalai Lama's top man

DHARAMSALA. Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard University scholar, is expected to take the oath as prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile today, becoming the new face of a movement led by the Dalai Lama for more than five decades.

DHARAMSALA. Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard University scholar, is expected to take the oath as prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile today, becoming the new face of a movement led by the Dalai Lama for more than five decades.

In March, the 76-year-old Dalai Lama announced his retirement as head of the government that he set up after the 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet. He will remain as spiritual leader.

Mr Sangay (right), who won polls in April and is to name his cabinet in September, is seeking a dialogue with Beijing following the Dalai Lama's Middle-Way policy, which renounces independence in favour of "genuine" cultural and religious autonomy for the 6 million Tibetans inside China.


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