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Apr 27, 2011 at 01:33pm IST

Lobsang Sangay to be new Tibetan PM-in-exile

Chandigarh: Lobsang Sangay, senior fellow of Harvard Law School, will be the next "Kalon Tripa" or the Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile. The election results of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile and Prime Minister were announced in Dharamshala on Wednesday in which Sangay was declared the winner.

The results were announced after counting ended for the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and third directly elected Prime Minister-in-exile.

Sangay polled 55 per cent votes out of 49189, defeating his nearest rival Tethong Tenzin Namgyal by 8,646 votes, Election Commissioner Jampal Chosang announced in Dharamshala.

Tethong Tenzin Namgyal, a Standford scholar, polled 18,405 votes while Tashi Wangdi, the Dalai Lama's representative in Brussels, New York and New Delhi, finished third.

The 42-year old Sangay will play a much greater political role than all his predecessors following the Dalai Lama's announcement to retire from active politics.

Sangay, who is in the United States, was born in India in 1968. He won a Fulbright scholarship to Harvard where he earned a doctorate in law. He will have to move to Dharamshala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile that was formed in 1959 after the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

Since the elections took place March 20, Sangay had been widely regarded as the front-runner. He is very popular among the young Tibetans

Around 85,000 of the 1,50,000 Tibetans who live in exile are estimated to have cast their vote at the elections.