Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh):
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday announced his decision to retire and devolve his "formal authority" to an elected leader while staying committed to the cause of Tibet.
At his annual address to Tibetans and the international community delivered here Thursday morning, the Dalai Lama, 75, made his retirement plans amply clear.
"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. Now, we have clearly reached the time to put this into effect," the Dalai Lama announced in his speech delivered in Tibetan.
"During the forthcoming 11th session of the 14th Tibetan parliament in exile, which begins on March 14, I will formally propose that the necessary amendments be made to the Charter for Tibetans in Exile, reflecting my decision to devolve my formal authority to the elected leader," he said.
He was addressing a gathering on the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising.
Images: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama watches a cultural performance organized to mark his 75th birthday in Dharamsala on July 6, 2010.
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