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Change of Leadership Taking Place in the Tibet Autonomous Region - 2003-05-22

A much-expected change of leadership is currently taking place in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). According to a report from the official news agency Xinhua said Ragdi has resigned from his post, observers say that he is leaving for Beijing to be the most powerful Tibetan in Chinese communist leadership, who was promoted vice-chairman of the National People's Congress in Beijing during the Congress' meeting in March 2003. Legchog has been appointed Chairman of the TAR People's Congress he replaces Ragdi. There have been reports of the changes in the TAR Party Secretary position, but there has not been any formal announcement from Beijing.