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Exiled Tibetans vote to elect new leader

media A Tibetan woman in the northern Indian town of McLeod Ganj casts her vote Reuters

Tibetans worldwide are voting Sunday for a new prime minister, ten days after the Dalai Lama announced he would retire as the political head of his exiled government. The front-runner is Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard scholar and international law expert.

The two other secular candidates include a diplomat living in the US, and one of the Dalai Lama's former respresentatives.

It remains unclear whether the new leader will have the power or influence to advance the Tibetan cause. However, in light of the Dalai Lama's transition, the incumbent may have more responsibility.

The Dalai Lama, who remains the spiritual leader, has always championed for autonomy for Tibetans in China.

The result of the election is expected on 27 April.

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