The People’s Democratic Party have won a majority in the general elections for the Bhutanese National Assembly. The PDP won 32 seats whereas Druk Phuensum Tshogpa took 15 seats. The turnout was 66.13 %.
The PDP President, Tshering Tobgay, said:
“We’re truly honored that the nation entrusted PDP with the responsibility & honor to serve the country.
“”I congratulate all the 15 PDP candidates, who won the elections; we shall work together for the benefit of the nation.”
European Union election observers praised the conduct of the election. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission said that the Bhutanese people have “demonstrated their commitment to peace and multi-party democracy, in an important period in the country’s development”.
Bhutan held its first parliamentary elections in 2007 following the voluntary early abdication of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in favour of his then 28-year old son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.