Exiled Tibetans discuss shifting Dalai Lama's role

Exiled Tibetans are debating how to change their constitution to allow the Dalai Lama to leave political life.

The 75-year-old Dalai Lama says he remains the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader but it is time the political leader be elected. The change reverses centuries of Tibetan political tradition.

More than 400 delegates from 25 countries started a four-day meeting Saturday in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, where the government-in-exile is based.

Newly elected Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay says delegates can convey the "people's desire" that the Dalai Lama maintain some political role. Outgoing premier Samdhong Rinpoche says "we would like to see him retaining some connection to the government."