Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa Current Affairs - 2019

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Bhutanese PM on a 3 day visit to India

Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering arrived in India on 27th December for a three-day visit. The Visit is significant because it is taking place during the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Bhutanese PM was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He would pay homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India-Bhutan Diplomatic Relations

The diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan were established in 1968. India established a special office of India in Thimphu in 1968. Prior to this, Indian diplomatic relations with Bhutan were looked after by Indian  Political Officer in Sikkim.

The India-Bhutan bilateral relations are governed by the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1949 between the two countries. The treaty was revised in February 2007. The India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty together with reflecting the contemporary nature of our relationship lays the foundation for their future development in the 21st century.

The Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan is being celebrated in the year 2018.

Lotay Tshering

Doctor by profession Lotay Tshering is a Bhutanese politician who is the current Prime Minister of Bhutan. He is also the president of the political party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa since 14 May 2018. Lotay Tshering is the 3rd democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan.

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Bhutan general elections: Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party got majority

Dravk Nyamrup Tshogpa Party has won the recent general elections held in Bhutan. This party won 30 of the National Assembly’s 47 seats. The National Assembly is the Lower House of Bhutan Parliament. This was overall third general election since democracy was adopted in Bhutan in 2008 and the first general elections held same year itself.

Key Facts

In 2018 general elections of Bhutan, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa emerged largest single majority party by winning 30 seats, while Druk Fenasum Tsogoga got only 17 seats. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of  ruling People’s Democratic Party was defeated in this election. In this general election, there was 71% voter turnout. This poll percentage was higher than 66% in 2013. Late Tshering, President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, will be next Prime Minister of Bhutan.

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