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Thursday 23 October  
Lobsang Sangay leads Tibet following the Dalai Lama's political handover

South Asia Wired - Leading a stateless nation

On air: 31 August 2011 10:25 - 16 August 2020 10:25 (Aletta Andre)

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The Dalai Lama has worked for more than 50 years toward handing over his political role to a democratically elected leader. That dream was realised earlier this year, and cemented in August when 43-year-old Lobsang Sangay was sworn in as the Prime Minister - or Kalon Tripa - of Tibet's government in exile.

Sangay has many challenges ahead: for one, China refuses to negotiate with anyone but the Dalai Lama and his representatives; then there's the fact that some Tibetans still oppose the end to the centuries-old tradition of political and spiritfreeable to visit.

In this week's South Asia Wired, Lobsang Sangay talks about the challenges, the expectations, and his hopes for his tenure and Tibet's future.

Lobsang Sangay is the new Prime Minister of a country that he has never visited. The Tibetan government in exile is now fully in the power of a secular leader, since the Dalai Lama ceded his political role.


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