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Dalai Lama Says He Will Hand over his Authority to Local Tibetan Government when he Returns to Tibet - 2004-04-29

The Dalai Lama yesterday at a press conference in Toronto said that he has no interest in a political position once he returned to Tibet. “When the day of our return comes, with a certain degree of freedom, then I will hand it over, all my legitimate authority to the local Tibetan government. That local government, eventually, hopefully will be an elected democratic government,” the Tibetan leader said. He also said that the continuation of the institution of the Dalai Lama depends on wishes of the Tibetan people.