Lobsang Sangay, a research fellow at the prestigious Harvard Law School has been elected as the next kalon tripa, or prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
The Chief Tibetan Election Commissioner Jamphel Choesang announced the election results Wednesday declaring that Sangay won 55 percent of all votes casted by Tibetans in exile. There were two other candidates.
The 42-year-old Sangay was born in a a Tibetan refugee camp in Darjeeling in northeastern region of India and later won fullbright scholarship to study at the Harvard Law School. He has extensively researched the history of Tibetan democracy and worked with the government-in-exile.
Sangay will assume the role of Tibetan political leader from the 75-year-old Dalai Lama, who announced in March that he wants to hand over power to someone elected by the Tibetan people. The Nobel Peace laureate will retain his role as Tibetan spiritual leader.
The Dalai Lama escaped from Chinese-ruled Tibet to Dharamsala, in northern India, in 1959. Since then, this has been the site of the Tibetan government-in exile. Over the years, the Dalai Lama has worked to hand over more and more of his political role to a democratically-elected prime minister. He advocates greater autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule, but Beijing denounces him as a separatist.