Dalai Lama to Tibet: You Need 2 of Me

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2009 4:55 AM CDT
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe presents exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama with a honorary citizen certificate during a ceremony at the Paris town hall earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Jacky Naegelen, pool)
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(Newser) – The Dalai Lama has told Tibetans his successor should not bear the burden of being both spiritual and political leader to their community, the Independent reports. "When we put the whole responsibility in the person of the Dalai Lama, it is dangerous," he said in a video address at a Tibetan election symposium in India. Tibetans need both a spiritual and a "democratically elected" political leader.