Lotay Tshering to be sworn in as the new PM
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