Tibetans in exile re-elect Lobsang Sangay as prime minister

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Lobsang Sangay has been re-elected as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile in voting held last month.

Tibetan election officials announced the result Wednesday in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala, the headquarters of the government-in-exile. Sangay defeated his only rival, Penpa Tsering, receiving about 58 percent of the 58,740 votes cast.

It was the second election since the Dalai Lama stepped down as head of the government-in-exile in 2011 to focus on his role as the Tibetans' spiritual leader.

Sangay said his government would continue to fight for basic freedoms and genuine autonomy for Tibetans living under Chinese rule in Tibet.

Last month, Sangay called for China to engage in dialogue on autonomy for his people's homeland. China doesn't recognize his government.