RELIGION

Lobsang Sangay sworn in as PM of Tibetan government-in-exile

  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, right, smiles as he poses for a photograph with Lobsang Sangay, who was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for the second five-year term in Dharmsala, India, Friday, May 27, 2016. Sangay was the first elected Tibetan political leader after the Dalai Lama dissolved his powers in 2011. (AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia)

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, right, smiles as he poses for a photograph with Lobsang Sangay, who was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for the second five-year term in Dharmsala, India, Friday, May 27, 2016. Sangay was the first elected Tibetan political leader after the Dalai Lama dissolved his powers in 2011. (AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, center, smiles as he poses for a photograph with Lobsang Sangay, center left, who was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for the second five-year term in Dharmsala, India, Friday, May 27, 2016. Sangay was the first elected Tibetan political leader after the Dalai Lama dissolved his powers in 2011. (AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia)

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, center, smiles as he poses for a photograph with Lobsang Sangay, center left, who was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for the second five-year term in Dharmsala, India, Friday, May 27, 2016. Sangay was the first elected Tibetan political leader after the Dalai Lama dissolved his powers in 2011. (AP Photo/ Ashwini Bhatia)  (The Associated Press)

  • An exiled Tibetan carries a Tibetan flag as she attends the swearing-in ceremony of Lobsang Sangay, who took oath as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for the second five-year term, in Dharmsala, India, Friday, May 27, 2016. Sangay was the first elected Tibetan political leader after the Dalai Lama dissolved his powers in 2011. (AP Photo /Ashwini Bhatia)

    An exiled Tibetan carries a Tibetan flag as she attends the swearing-in ceremony of Lobsang Sangay, who took oath as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile for the second five-year term, in Dharmsala, India, Friday, May 27, 2016. Sangay was the first elected Tibetan political leader after the Dalai Lama dissolved his powers in 2011. (AP Photo /Ashwini Bhatia)  (The Associated Press)

Lobsang Sangay has been sworn in for his second term as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, which he says will make maximum efforts to achieve regional autonomy for Tibet during his five-year term, but will prepare a strategy for the next 50 years if it's unsuccessful.

The oath-taking ceremony took place Friday in the northern hill Indian town of Dharmsala, the headquarters of the government-in-exile, in the presence of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan exiles across the world re-elected Sangay in March.

China says Tibet has historically been part of its territory since the mid-13th century, and the Communist Party has governed it since 1951. But many Tibetans say they were effectively independent for most of their history.