DHARAMSHALA, India — A 43-year-old Harvard scholar was elected head of the Tibet government-in-exile Wednesday, leaving him the daunting task of assuming the Dalai Lama's political duties.
Lobsang Sangay, an international law expert, easily beat two other candidates for the prime minister's post, winning 55 percent of the vote, Election Commissioner Jamphel Choesang announced in the exiled government's base in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala.
Tenzin Tethong, a former representative of the Dalai Lama in New York and Washington, got 37.4 percent, while Tashi Wangdi, who has run half a dozen departments of the government-in-exile over the years came third with 6.4 percent.
Born in a tea-growing area of northeast India, Sangay has never lived in or visited Tibet and his election marks a break with the past, which has seen older, religious figures dominate the politics of the exiled Tibetan movement.
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