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Messages from 4 Presidents

Message from Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa President With utmost humility, I, on behalf of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa team, congratulate all political parties for their participation in the primary round of the third National Assembly elections. It is a matter of pride, to be part of the process with political parties formidable …

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DNT and PDP in Chukha

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) performed well in the two constituencies in Chukha. In Phuentsholing constituency, DNT secured the highest votes at 2,685 votes (2,167 EVM + 578 PB), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 2,364 votes (2,012 EVM + 352 PB) Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) secured 938 votes (832 …

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Grace and unity

As soon as the results of a win started pouring in, the social media started seeing victorious supporters not only celebrating loudly but also issuing open taunts and threats to supporters and perceived supporters of other parties. There were promises to shut down companies and ‘fix people’, as supporters on …

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Home Dzongkhag advantage for Party presidents

With the primary round of election for the National Assembly 2018 just near the doorsteps, one of the most common observations cited by politicians in the field is that majority of the Bhutanese electorates have matured enough to better comprehend the electoral processes and analyze the unrealistic political pledges well …

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Bhutan and the Monarchy

Before Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel’s arrival in 1616, Bhutan was divided into different valleys and areas held by competing chiefs and temporal rulers. Bhutan only became a coherent and united political entity after this and, even then, soon after Shabdrung’s passing away, local power centers took over again with regional lords …

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Interim Bardo

Every five years Bhutan loses an important three months in the interim government period when a largely symbolic government is in place and decisions are frozen at various levels. Developmental and economic activities are either stopped or slow down and only the most essential work is done. In the civil …

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How to Prevent Winner-Takes-All Democracy

Democracy is in crisis. Fake news – and fake allegations of fake news – now plagues civil discourse, and political parties have proved increasingly willing to use xenophobia and other malign strategies to win elections. At the same time, revisionist powers like Vladimir Putin’s Russia have been stepping up their efforts to …

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Election fever

Despite some controversies and the occasional chest beating, elections in Bhutan are free and fair and very peaceful compared to the neighborhood. However, the issue is not so much with the process which is accredited and praised by international observers, but on the energies and forces that it unleashes among …

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Connecting Bhutan with the Bay of Bengal

Despite attracting new attention as the strategic heart of the Indo-Pacific, the Bay of Bengal remains one of the world’s least integrated regions, with abysmal levels of connectivity and formidable barriers to cooperation. To overcome these divides and foster regionalism, the countries in the region must invest in multilateralism by …

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