jump to navigation

Elections in Bhutan March 24, 2008

Posted by Philip Ryan in News.

Bhutan is the world’s newest democracy, having just finished its first democratic elections. Turnout was heavy (as much 80% of the population!) and the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party party, a pro-royalist party, secured a landslide victory, grabbing 44 of 47 parliamentary seats. The other three seats went to the rival People’s Democratic Party.

What does it mean that the king’s party won? The king, 28-year-old Jigme Keshar Namgyal Wangchuck, will remain head of state, but parliament will have broad powers, as opposed to the former absolute monarchy.

Some complain that the people did not truly understand the choice presented by the election, and a left-wing group, the United Revolutionary Front of Bhutan, has set off a series of bombs and vows to fight for “real democracy.” Neighboring Nepal has of course struggled with a Maoist insurgency for many years.



No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: