Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing to be sworn in as the new PM

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing was handed a re­sound­ing man­date to lead the third elect govern­ment for an­other five years, af­ter his party se­cured 30 seats in the Na­tional As­sem­bly elec­tions on 18 Oc­to­ber.

He se­cured 3,662 votes against Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa's Kin­ley Tsh­er­ing with 1,977 votes from South Thim­phu con­stituency.

The Pres­i­dent of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT), Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing at the press con­fer­ence, said he was not ex­cited when the re­sults were de­clared but wor­ried. He said, “My first thought was that hence­forth, we should work putting the in­ter­ests of the na­tion ahead of our own.”

His party tar­gets mid­dle and lower in­come groups as the poor­est and do not have the ca­pa­bil­ity to carry out eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and needs sup­port. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said, “We will work to nar­row the gap in­clud­ing rich and poor, pow­er­ful and weak, and other de­vel­op­ment ar­eas among oth­ers.”

The of­fi­cial face book page for Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) Pres­i­dent, Pema Gyamt­sho con­ceded de­feat af­ter Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing ob­tained an unas­sail­able lead on Thurs­day night. “We humbly ac­cept the choice of the peo­ple and wish the pres­i­dent and can­di­dates of DNT all suc­cess dur­ing their ten­ure.”

He posted, “I hope Dr. Lo­tay and his team will en­sure that our peo­ple would con­tinue to en­joy peace, unity and har­mony un­der the far­sighted lead­er­ship of His Majesty the King.”

The DNT pre­vailed in most of the western and south­ern Dzongkhags, while the DPT swept the eastern and cen­tral re­gion con­stituen­cies. How­ever, DNT Pres­i­dent, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said that the elec­tions vic­tory is not for the party and to the in­di­vid­ual con­stituency, it is for the coun­try.

Hav­ing re­ceived a huge sup­port across the coun­try, the Pres­i­dent said, they are ex­tremely happy. The dif­fer­ences in the eastern, he said was

made by only few counts. “We re­ceived over 60,000 votes which is huge num­ber,” he said, “We have sup­port­ers and won four con­stituen­cies in the eastern re­gion.”

When asked on the de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties in the lost con­stituen­cies, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said that there is no wor­ri­some of the con­stituen­cies be­ing di­vided.“He said, "There are dzongkhags and lo­cal gov­ern­ments who will carry out the ac­tiv­i­ties of govern­ment pol­icy.”

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing high- lighted won or lost, they had al­ready said dur­ing the cam­paign pe­riod that, their party will work equally for all the con­stituen­cies. He said, “The en­tire 47 con­stituency will re­ceive equal de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.”

With the com­bi­na­tion of win­ning 30 in­di­vid­u­als, Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said he is com­fort­able with his team by any stan­dard in num­bers and as well as the ca­pac­ity. He said the elect govern­ment is not re­ally wor­ried about the min­is­te­rial posts since they had nom­i­nated the can­di­dates with good plans.

He said that if the can­di­dates are ca­pa­ble for the min­is­te­rial post, it will be se­lected equally from all the re­gions. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said, “The mem­ber elects from the eastern re­gion are very ca­pa­ble and I see there is com­fort­able to of­fer a min­is­te­rial posts.”

Ling­mukha-Toed­wang elect mem­ber, Tandi Dorji, said they have strong team. “With the pres­i­dent, we will fi­nal­ize all the cab­i­nets over the com­ing days but we are com­fort­able with all the can­di­dates pro­file from the very be­gin­ning.”

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing said that his team is not in favour of book­ing quota for women. “I do not want to di­vide the par­tic­i­pa­tions into women and men par­tic­i­pants,” he said, adding that all are ca­pa­ble Bhutanese par­tic­i­pants.

Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing be­lieves to work as a team and go on un­til 2023 elec­tions. He said his same team will prob­a­bly rep­re­sent Nyam­rup again. How- ever, he said that it all de­pends on the can­di­dates who couldn't make it on the poll day. “May be some of them will not be el­i­gi­ble by age fac­tor and some of them may not like to par­tic­i­pate but those who are in­ter­ested, we would like to re­tain them and work for 2023.

He said, “Those who have qual­i­fied, it is very ob­vi­ous that they will be in the par­lia­ment for the next five years and hope­fully they will be with us.”

Prime Min­is­ter elect Lotey Tsh­er­ing speaks to the me­dia af­ter his party se­cured a vic­tory in the third par­lia­men­tary elec­tion held on 18th of this month

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