Lobsang Sangay takes oath as Tibetan Kalon Tripa

August 8th, 2011 - 11:16 am ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Aug 8 (IANS) Lobsang Sangay, the new Kalon Tripa or the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, took the oath of office Monday morning at a ceremony held in this north Indian hill town.

The ceremony was presided over by spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Thubten Samphel, a spokesperson for the government-in-exile, told IANS that the oath-taking ceremony was a historic occasion being attended by Tibetan diaspora settled across the globe.

He said Sangay took the oath of office at 9 a.m., 9 minutes and 9 seconds (9.9.9.), as desired by him.

Fortythree-year-old senior fellow of Harvard Law School, prime minister Sangay took over the reins of the government from 73-year-old monk-scholar Samdhong Rinpoche, who held the post for the past 10 years in two five-year terms.

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