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Tibetan Parliament Appeals Dalai Lama Not to Retire

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

The Tibetan Parliament in exile Wednesday urged the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama not to retire-either semi or full retirement- from the Tibetan leadership role.

The memorandum submitted to the Dalai Lama said the Tibetans in Tibet and outside have been greatly concerned over the Dalai Lama's wish to take complete retirement from governmental roles.

In November last year, the 76-year-old exiled Buddhist leader said he is looking forward to giving up his political duties as head of the Tibetan exile movement sometime this year. The Dalai Lama said he wants to discuss his intentions with the Tibetan parliament in exile, which convenes in March this year.

During his visits to north eastern parts of India last month, the Dalai Lama however clarified that his retirement did not mean complete disassociation from the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom.

The senior aide, Tenzin Taklha, stressed that the retirement would apply only to the Dalai Lama's political role. He said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate would continue to serve as a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

A new set of political leaders are emerging among exiled Tibetans with the upcoming elections for the Tibetan parliament in exile to be held in March next year,