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Dalai Lama Pondering Retirement Some Time Next Year

Dalai Lama (file photo)

Dalai Lama (file photo)

The Dalai Lama says he is looking forward to giving up his political duties as head of the Tibetan exile movement some time next year.

A top aide on Tuesday confirmed the Buddhist spiritual leader's plan, which he recently declared in a broadcast interview in India.

The Dalai Lama said he wants to discuss his intentions with the Tibetan parliament in exile, which convenes in March. He said he has been in a state of semi-retirement since the movement first elected a political leader in 2001.

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.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.