|Lobsang Sangay won 55 percent.|
DHARMSALA, India — A Harvard legal scholar was elected the next prime minister of Tibet’s government-in-exile, officials announced yesterday, paving the way for new leadership in the Tibetan community as the Dalai Lama gives up political power.
Lobsang Sangay, 43, a lawyer and scholar who has spent years studying international law and conflict resolution, won with 55 percent of the votes cast by Tibetans around the world, chief election commissioner Jamphel Choesang said in the north Indian town of Dharmsala, where the exile government is based.
“I hope, one, to keep the Tibet issue alive and so that the sacrifices made inside Tibet and the ongoing suffering of Tibetans will not be forgotten by the world,’’ Sangay said by phone from Washington.
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. The political change reverses centuries of tradition in which the Dalai Lama was also the region’s political leader.