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Former Prime Minister Tobagh’s party won the election in Bhutan

Syed Azam

Former Prime Minister Tshering Tobagh’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won the parliamentary elections in Bhutan.

Former Prime Minister Tshering Tobagh’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won the parliamentary elections in Bhutan. The monarchy-ruled Himalayan nation went to the polls on Tuesday.

According to local media reports, PDP has won almost two-thirds of the seats in the elections. As a result, environmentalist leader Tobagh became Prime Minister for the second time.

‘Domestic National Happiness (GNH)’ has long been a priority in Bhutan over economic growth. But the election in the Buddhist-majority country came at a time when many voters’ main concern was the struggling lives of the younger generation. Especially the issue of youth unemployment and the tendency of talented people to leave the country.

PDP won 30 of the 47 seats in the National Assembly. The remaining 17 seats were won by the Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP). The Election Commission may officially announce the results on Wednesday.

Voting in Bhutan’s elections is conducted in two stages. The two parties with the highest number of votes in the first phase participate in the second phase.

Five political parties participated in the first phase of the elections on November 29. The ruling party Druk Nyamrup Thagpa (DNT) was eliminated in this vote. Outgoing Prime Minister Lotte Schering’s DNT came fourth with just 13 percent of the vote.

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