Bhutan PM’s party ousted in elec­tion

The Hindu - - NEWS - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

In a ma­jor up­set ver­dict in the first round of polls in Bhutan, in­cum­bent Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay’s Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has been ousted from the race, and will not run in the sec­ond and fi­nal round next month. In­stead, the Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT) headed by Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, and the Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT) will face off on Oc­to­ber 18th. The DNT won the high­est num­ber of votes.

Re­act­ing to the shock ver­dict, out­go­ing PM Tob­gay said the peo­ple of Bhutan had “spo­ken”. “The Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party gra­ciously ac­cepts their de­ci­sion. The will of the peo­ple must pre­vail in a democ­racy,” said the Har­vard ed­u­cated leader, whose term had seen good re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Bhutan, in­clud­ing dur­ing last year’s tense Dok­lam stand­off with China.

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