Dalai Lama's Political Successor Elected

Apr 27, 2011

Lobsang Sangay will take command of the Tibetan government-in-exile; Tibetans around the world cast ballots for the new job of Prime Minister, created when the Dalai Lama decided to give up political responsibilities of his job earlier this year. He'll keep his duties as Tibetan spiritual leader.

Sangay, educated at Harvard, won 55% of the vote over two other candidates to become Prime Minister, as CNN explains. Sangay was born in exile in India in 1968; later he won a Fulbright scholarship and earned his doctorate in law at Harvard. He's a senior research fellow who's organized meetings between Chinese scholars and the Dalai Lama. AFP says the 43-year-old has never visited Tibet.

The Wall Street Journal has a Q-and-A with Sangay; he says he hopes to continue dialogue with China as the government level but adds this: 'Moving away from its hard-line policy on Tibet is in the best interests of China, too. It would improve its image in the eyes of the international community.' Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.