The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) will form new government in Bhutan. The party has won 30 seats in 47 member National Assembly, the lower house of the parliament.
The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has got remaining 17 seats. The Election Commission of Bhutan has formally announced the results of parliamentary election held yesterday.
According to the commission 71.46 percent polling was recorded in the third general election. DNT President Dr Lotay Tshering won from South Thimphu constituency with a huge margin and he is set to form the new government.
This is the first time in Bhutan’s decade old parliamentary democracy that a new party has been chosen to form the government.
In last two elections the Bhutanese electorates had stuck with the two old parties DPT and People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
A total 94 candidates, 47 each from DNT and DPT tried their luck in the final round of general elections. According to the constitution of Bhutan only two parties, which get highest votes in primary round, can participate in the final round.
DNT and DPT had got maximum votes in the primary round election held last month, while ruling PDP came third and failed to qualify for the last round.
PM Modi congratulates Dr Lotay Tshering on his party’s victory in Bhutan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation today with DNT (Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa) President, Dr Lotay Tshering and congratulated him on his party’s victory in the third general election in Bhutan and his own election to the National Assembly.
Mr Modi welcomed the successful conduct of general elections, which is an important milestone for the consolidation of democracy in Bhutan. The two leaders agreed to take forward the unique and multifaceted bilateral co-operation to new heights for the benefit of the people of Bhutan and India.
According to an official release, Mr Modi conveyed that India attaches the highest priority to further strengthening unique ties of friendship and cooperation with that country.
The Prime Minister reiterated India’s steadfast commitment to work with the new government in its national efforts for socio-economic transformation, based on the priorities and interests of the people and the government of Bhutan. Mr Modi also extended an invitation to Dr LotayTshering to visit India.
Dr Lotay Tshering thanked Mr Modi for his greetings and good wishes and accepted the invitation to visit India at the earliest opportunity.