Lobsang Sangay sworn in as PM of Tibetan government-in-exile

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Source:   —  June 04, 2016, at 8:43 PM

Hundreds of Tibetans filled the compound of the Tsuglakhang temple in northern India'south Dharmsala, the hill town that's been the headquarters of the government-in-exile, where the oath-taking ceremony took space in the presence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual boss of the Tibetans.

Lobsang Sangay sworn in as PM of Tibetan government-in-exile

Lobsang Sangay was sworn in for his second duration as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Friday and said he'll create maximum efforts to attain regional autonomy for Tibet during his five-year term, but will prepare a strategy for the next fifty years if it's unsuccessful.

Hundreds of Tibetans filled the compound of the Tsuglakhang temple in northern India'south Dharmsala, the hill town that's been the headquarters of the government-in-exile, where the oath-taking ceremony took space in the presence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual boss of the Tibetans.

They clapped when Lobsang Sangay arrived with his wife and daughter and greeted him with ceremonial white silk scarves. Sangay prayed and prostrated in front of the statues of Tibetan deities before he went to get the Dalai Lama at his residence close the temple compound.

"In the next fifty years China will change. It's to change. And then Tibetans will obtain their basic freedom. We necessity to strategize in order to strengthen and sustain our cause for the next fifty years," Sangay said in his speech.

He called his long duration strategy "five-fifty," where his government would create every effort to attain the Dalai Lama'south stated goal, of greater autonomy for Tibet below Chinese rule, during its five-year duration but prepare for the next fifty years.

"I stand in solidarity and express my sincere appreciation for the patriotic fervor that continues to burn in Tibet," said Sangay.

He said that the sacrifices made by one hundred forty-four Tibetans who have immolated themselves protesting Chinese regulation since two thousand nine "'won't go in vain."

Sangay prostrated in front of the Dalai Lama before beginning his address.

He also apologized to the religious boss of the Tibetan Buddhists for not meeting the high ethical standards set by him during the election campaign.

Sangay was referring to bitter comments made by the prime ministerial candidates as they looked for support among Tibetan settlements across the diaspora.

"There have been a series of unfortunate events that went counter to the Tibetan tradition of humility and excellent conduct. This has greatly saddened and disappointed His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We ceaselessly implore His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his forgiveness," Sangay said.

Tibetan exiles across the world voted to re-elect Sangay to a second duration in March. The results were announced last month.

Both Sangay and his main rival, the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, Penpa Tsering, both supported the "middle path" proposed by the Dalai Lama, which seeks regional autonomy below Chinese rule.

Some groups have been advocating full independence for Tibet as small progress has been made in the dialogue with China.

China says Tibet has historically been portion of its territory since the mid-13th century, and the Communist Party has governed it since one thousand nine hundred fifty-one. But many Tibetans declare the region was effectively independent for most of its history.

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