Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his heartfelt congratulations to People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the party chief Tshering Tobgay for their triumph in the parliamentary elections in Bhutan.
The Prime Minister said in a post on X, “Heartiest congratulations to my friend @tsheringtobgay and the People’s Democratic Party for winning the parliamentary elections in Bhutan. Look forward to working together again to further strengthen our unique ties of friendship and cooperation.”
Heartiest congratulations to my friend @tsheringtobgay and the People’s Democratic Party for winning the parliamentary elections in Bhutan. Look forward to working together again to further strengthen our unique ties of friendship and cooperation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 9, 2024
Bhutan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won the largest number of seats in the parliamentary elections and is poised to form the new Government. According to the latest figures from the Bhutan Broadcasting Service, PDP won 30 out of the 47 National Assembly seats and Bhutan Tendrel Party secured 17 seats.
This was Bhutan’s fourth general election since transitioning from a traditional monarchy to a parliamentary form of government 15 years back. The Election Commission of Bhutan is expected to make its final declaration on January 10.
The election campaigns focused on economic growth and opportunity, despite the country’s use of a “Gross National Happiness” index in place of gross domestic product (GDP). The report said that both parties in the election are committed to a constitutionally enshrined philosophy of a Government that measures its success by the “happiness and wellbeing of the people”.
Tshering Tobgay, who leads People’s Democratic Party (PDP), is expected to become prime minister for the second time. He was the leader of the opposition in Bhutan’s first parliament when it was established in 2008, soon after the start of the reign of the present king.
He has sounded the alarm about Bhutan’s “unprecedented economic challenges and mass exodus”, adding that PDP manifesto cited Government statistics showing that one in every eight people were “struggling to meet their basic needs for food” and other necessities.
Approximately half a million voters selected the members of parliament from a pool of 94 candidates presented by the Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) and the PDP. A primary round of voting in November eliminated three other parties, including the governing centre-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party, the report said.
Nestled between China and India, the majority-Buddhist nation ushered in democracy with its first free vote in 2008, two years after former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, abdicated in favour of his Oxford-educated son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
(with inputs from ANI)