From Left to right- Ugyen Dorji (MoLHR), Jai Bir Rai (MoE), Yeshey Penjor (MoAF), Karma D. Wangdi (MoIC), Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen (MoHCA), Dr Lotay Tshering (Prime Minister), Tandi Dorji (MoFA), Dechen Wangmo (MoH), Namgay Tshering (MoF), Dorji Tshering (MoWHS), Loknath Sharma (MoEA)

The DNT cabinet

The government-elect officially presented the ten ministers that will form the Cabinet for the next five years on November 3, 2018.

The party spokesperson and one of the founders of DNT, Dr Tandin Dorji, 50, has masters in international public health and MBA and who worked as a pediatrician has been appointed the foreign minister.

Former Dzongkha Development Commission Secretary, Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen, 63 from Mongar constituency is the home and culture affairs minister of Bhutan.

Loknath Sharma, 47 from Dophuchen-Tading, Samtse, has masters in economics from Allahabad University, India is the minister for economic affairs and worked as a community service worker and also the former regional head of Road Safety and Transport authority.

Former National Council Member from Gelephu constituency in Sarpang, Karma Donnen Wangdi, 47, is the minister for information and communication.

North Thimphu’s MP elect, Dechen Wangmo, 42, is the minister for health. She has a masters in public health from Yale University and has earlier worked with the health ministry.

Dorji Tshering, 39, from Radhi-Sakteng, Trashigang is the minister for works and human settlement. Karma D Wangdi served as the former executive engineer for department of roads.

Yeshey Penjor, 54, from Nubi-Tangsibji Trongsa, is the minister for agriculture and forests. He has experience in environment conservation and climate change.

The youngest cabinet minister, Ugyen Dorji, 32 from Thrimshing, Trashigang is the minister of labour and human resources. Prime Minister elect, Dr Lotay Tshering said that since he had had his own share of hardships, Ugyen Dorji would be well aware about the ground realities on the youth employment issues and will be able to connect with the youths better. He has Master in Public Policy from Lee Kaun Yew, Singapore and BA English and Dzongkha, Sherubtse College. He is a former diplomat and a print journalist.

Jai Bir Rai, 45, from Phuentsholing, Chukha, is the minister of education. Jai Bir Rai is an expert in economics and finance and has masters in business administration from Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands.

Namgay Tshering, 39, from Dokar-Sharpa, Paro is the minister of finance. He has a masters degree in public health from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and BSc. Communication from University of Madras, India.

“In ensuring regional balance, we have three representatives each from West, South and East and one representative from the central- Trongsa. In what could be an unconventional approach, the portfolio has been assigned considering individual competencies and personal proficiencies, and not necessarily in tune with educational or professional background,” said the Prime Minister-elect, Lotay Tshering.

The Prime Minister announced that there was a clear understanding between the minister appointees and the party that it was not about power and privileges but about motivation, sacrifice and team work, and the Prime Minister, on his part, has also made it clear that if the current Cabinet does not perform, the rest of the ruling representatives are as competent to step in at any point of time.

“A person with education background need not be the education minister, nor does a person with health background the health minister. Similarly, a person with finance background need not be the finance minister. Except unless unavoidable, we refrained placement of candidates in the same line of ministry,” said the Dr. Lotay Tshering.

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