The four prime min­is­te­rial choices

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The pres­i­dents of the four po­lit­i­cal par­ties un­ques­tion­ably have all the qual­i­ties that are ex­pected of a prime min­is­ter. While the two old par­ties and their pres­i­dents have ex­pe­ri­ence on their side hav­ing served in the rul­ing and the op­po­si­tion, the two new pres­i­dents and their par­ties are fresh blood, al­beit their po­lit­i­cal grit and fi­nesse are yet to be tested.

The two new pres­i­dents are equally strong con­tenders, who have ac­com­plished a lot in their

own ar­eas. They are equally ver­sa­tile and eru­dite, with proven cre­den­tials in their re­spec­tive fields.

Busi­ness Bhutan takes a closer look at the four party pres­i­dents, one of who will go on to be­come the prime min­is­ter of the third demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment

af­ter the 2018 elec­tions.

Dasho Neten Zangmo, BKP

The for­mer chair­per­son of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, Dasho Neten Zangmo, is the pres­i­dent of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP).

She stands equally strong with the other three male con­tenders for the post of the prime min­is­ter. She is also among the few women in the coun­try who have served in im­por­tant posts in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties.

If Dasho Neten Zangmo be­comes the next prime min­is­ter, it will be his­toric since she would be Bhutan’s first fe­male prime min­is­ter since democ­racy took birth in 2008. This may not be a clinch­ing rea­son to vote for her, but why not? She has served as both cabi­net and for­eign sec­re­tary and has proved her ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Dasho Neten Zangmo stud­ied at Sherubtse pub­lic school and holds a bach­e­lors’ de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing and masters in tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

BKP’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Sonam Tob­gay de­scribes Dasho Neten Zangmo as a per­son far from be­ing a politi­cian in the con­ven­tional sense of its def­i­ni­tion.

“But she joined BKP re­al­iz­ing an ur­gent need to change the view on pol­i­tics, politi­cians and democ­racy. Ful­fill­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of His Majesty to deepen democ­racy and en­force good gov­er­nance in par­tic­u­lar,” he added.

Fur­ther, Sonam Tob­gay said Dasho Neten brings with her the rich­est ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing served as a govern­ment sec­re­tary for the for­eign min­istry and the Cabi­net.

“Need­less to say, she made her name while serv­ing as the ACC Chair­per­son. She was awarded the Druk Thuk­sey hon­ors and the red scarf. This speaks vol­umes of her lead­er­ship and achieve­ments,” he said, ad­ding that she is ad­mired for the per­son she is within BKP and al­ways re­mains to be guided by her solid foot­ing on ground re­al­i­ties.

Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, DNT

Though un­proven in the po­lit­i­cal arena, Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing is the fron­trun­ner of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa (DNT).

While he may be new to pol­i­tics, Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing has es­tab­lished him­self with rep­u­ta­tion of a de­voted so­cial worker and that of a sav­ior, who re­sponds to the needs of the com­mon lot. It will be, there­fore, worth­while to see whether the vibes of a Good Sa­mar­i­tan lit­er­ally would trans­late to elec­tion tri­umph. The an­swer could even be af­fir­ma­tive.

DNT is con­fi­dent. The party be­lieves that it has elected the right per­son in Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing to lead the party and even lead the na­tion if given an op­por­tu­nity.

“The kind of leader we have elected is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a break from the con­ven­tional mind­set of look­ing up to and be­liev­ing only se­nior bu­reau­crats can make the best helms­man. Pro­vided one has gen­uine in­ten­tions, com­ple­mented with right qual­i­ties, any pro­fes­sional, jour­nal­ists for ex­am­ple, can as­pire to lead a po­lit­i­cal party,” states the party.

DNT de­scribes that Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing em­bod­ies bright, new ideas that are in keep­ing with the sort of change in gov­er­nance the peo­ple are hop­ing and look­ing for.

“The lead­er­ship qual­i­ties in the pres­i­dent have been proven dur­ing his ca­reer as a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner span­ning for over 15 years. It en­tailed crit­i­cal de­ci­sion mak­ing at ev­ery stage, most of which had to do with lives of peo­ple. He presents an im­pres­sive cre­den­tial of hav­ing tra­versed some of the most chal­leng­ing ter­rains across the coun­try, tak­ing his med­i­cal ex­per­tise to peo­ple, es­pe­cially the weak and the dis­ad­van­taged,” the party said.

Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing, 50, is a con­sul­tant urol­o­gist by pro­fes­sion.

Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho (PhD), DPT

The party pres­i­dent of Druk Phuen­sum Tshogpa (DPT), Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho (Ph.D), has proven him­self as a sea­soned politi­cians, hav­ing had served as the agri­cul­ture min­is­ter dur­ing the reign of the first demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment and as the leader of the op­po­si­tion party in the last five years.

In DPT, there is no deny­ing that Dr. Pema stands as a pres­i­dent and a sea­soned politi­cian, who has prob­a­bly waited for his turn for this op­por­tu­nity – to be­come the next prime min­is­ter. And it seems he has got both ex­pe­ri­ence and fa­mil­iar­ity go­ing for him. How­ever, one lin­ger­ing ques­tion is whether peo­ple will hold what hap­pened back in the in­fa­mous party con­fer­ence against him or will they give him the ben­e­fit of the doubt.

When in the govern­ment, Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho was the Chair­man of the Bhutan Trust Fund for En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion and he spear­headed the coun­try’s suc­cess­ful ru­ral poverty al­le­vi­a­tion pro­gram. And through his ini­tia­tive, Bhutan ini­ti­ated its largest na­tional park, the Wangchuck Cen­ten­nial Park. He fur­ther de­clared Bhutan’s pledge to re­main a car­bon neu­tral coun­try for all time and its as­pi­ra­tion to grad­u­ally move to­wards a fully or­ganic farm­ing sys­tem as part of the coun­try’s ef­forts to com­bat cli­mate change.

DPT’s Sec­re­tary Gen­eral San­gay Phurba de­scribes Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho as a per­son who is hum­ble, down to earth, ap­proach­able and de­ci­sive.

“We see him as the best leader be­cause he is vi­sion­ary with clear mis­sion and ob­jec­tives to lead. He is well qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced both at the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level,” he added.

Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho holds M.Agr.Sc (Hons) from New Zealand. He com­pleted his PhD from ETH Zurich in 1996. He is also the re­cip­i­ent of the Lin­coln Alumni In­ter­na­tional Medal in April.

Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, PDP

The pres­i­dent of Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay, has proven him­self as a sea­soned po­lit­i­cal leader, hav­ing led the op­po­si­tion from 2008 to 2013 and then head­ing the sec­ond demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment as its prime min­is­ter from 2013 to 2018.

Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay has proven him­self with a well-earned rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a good or­a­tor, a staunch roy­al­ist and an over­all ap­proach­able per­sona, who has stead­ied the rock­ing boat af­ter the tu­mul­tuous waters of 2013. Af­ter PDP’s 2013 vic­tory, Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay has es­tab­lished him­self as a for­mi­da­ble leader of the new gen­er­a­tion, re­plac­ing the old or­der of for­mer min­is­ters.

“In the past five years, he has proven his lead­er­ship cre­den­tials af­ter hav­ing suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented the 11th Five Year Plan as the head of the govern­ment,” the party added.

Ac­cord­ing to PDP, Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay has earned the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and pro­moted Bhutan’s stature in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

De­scrib­ing Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay as a true son of the soil, the party main­tained that the pres­i­dent is young, dy­namic, hard­work­ing, and is strongly grounded in Bhutanese val­ues and cul­ture.

“He un­der­stands the pulse of the peo­ple, their hard­ships and strug­gles, their hopes and as­pi­ra­tions. And given his strong track record, he has the lead­er­ship at­tributes to de­liver. He be­lieves in serv­ing with hu­mil­ity in the true spirit of ser­vant lead­er­ship as ex­em­pli­fied by His Majesty The King,” the party added.

Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay is also the re­cip­i­ent of the pres­ti­gious ‘Lung­mar’ scarf from His Majesty dur­ing the Na­tional Day in 2014.

Lorikha bridge in Tad­ing gewog, Samtse has col­lapsed within a year of its com­ple­tion caus­ing vil­lagers to suf­fer.

Dasho Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay

Dasho Neten Zangmo

Dr. Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing

Dr. Pema Gyamt­sho

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