New Tibetan PM Vows to Continue Pressing China on Autonomy – VOA News

Newly elected PM Lobsang Sangay, left, and outgoing PM Samdhong Rinpoche, center, walk out of the prayer hall at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, August 3, 2011

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Newly elected PM Lobsang Sangay, left, and outgoing PM Samdhong Rinpoche, center, walk out of the prayer hall at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India, August 3, 2011

The newly-elected Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, says he will use his tenure in office to continue pressing China for negotiations aimed at resolving the decades-long dispute over the status of Tibet.

Sangay assumes office Monday, ending months of transition within the exile government sparked by previously scheduled ministerial elections and by the Dalai Lama’s decision to step away from political affairs. Tens of thousands of exiled Tibetans from across the globe elected Sangay in April. The Dalai Lama, 76, says he will retain his role as Tibet’s spiritual leader.

China has routinely accused the Dalai Lama and his followers of advocating Tibetan secession, despite repeated assurances from the Nobel laureate that he is seeking dialogue with Beijing aimed at establishing Tibetan autonomy.

Sunday, Sangay, 42, speaking from exile headquarters in northern India, told Reuters television he will strive to communicate with Chinese civil society as well as the government, in order to “resolve differences peacefully, based on mutual interests.”

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