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This week, Dalai Lama says he may retire after all

December 22, 2008

Bruce Tomaso
Dallas Morning News
 
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 (AP) - In early December, the Dalai Lama sought to end speculation that he was about to retire, saying he had a "moral responsibility" to continue as the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people until his death.
 
He's apparently changed his mind. According to Religion News Service, the 73-year-old Tibetan leader said the independence movement he has led for nearly five decades should be guided instead by the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.
 
"I have grown old and already taken semi-retirement," the 73-year-old was quoted as saying. "It is better if I retire completely and get out of the way of the Tibetan movement."
 
He added: "The future course of the Tibetan movement will be decided by the elected government under Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche."
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