His Majesty conferred Lungmar Scarf to Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay
In recognition of his remarkable contribution to democracy during his tenure as Opposition Leader, and with the expectation that he will serve equally well as the Prime Minister of the country, His Excellency Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay was conferred the Lungmar by His Majesty The King. The Prime Minister had served as the Opposition Leader in 2008-13, during the country’s first democratically elected parliament.
Prior to his political stint, Lyonchhen served as the labour ministry’s director.
The Prime Minister, who is from Haa, began his career in 1991 with the Technical and Vocational Education Section under the Ministry of Education.
“I am humbled and overwhelmed by the trust and confidence conferred on me by His Majesty the King,” said the Prime Minister.
“The special Lungmar Kabney represents the inviolable bond between the people of Bhutan and our beloved Monarch. It also signifies the sacred responsibility of all elected officials to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum to the best of our ability, and to always put the interest of the country and people ahead of our own,” he added.
The lungmar (compounded form for red (mar) and golden-red (lungserma) existed during the reign of the Third Druk Gyalpo. The kabney, like the bura marp, is not post-based, and may be worn for life.