Harvard Scholar Elected Tibetan Exiles Leader

By The Associated Press

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Lonbsang Sangay, newly-elected to be the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, visits the Washington office of the International Campaign for Tibet on Wednesday. (AP)

BOSTON — A Harvard legal scholar who has been elected the next prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile is vowing to continue Tibet's struggle for autonomy.

Officials of the exile government announced Wednesday that Lobsang Sangay, a senior fellow at Harvard Law School, won with 55 percent of the votes cast by Tibetans around the world.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Sangay praised the Dalai Lama for handing over political power. Earlier this year, the Dalai Lama announced he would give up his political role, saying it was time for elected leadership in the Tibetan community.

Sangay, who lives in Medford, north of Boston, said he plans to move to the north Indian town of Dharmsala, where the exile government is based. He expects to take office in August.

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