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PDP announces replacements for three serving MPs

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has roped in two former Dzongdas and a former National Council member to contest the 2018 parliamentary elections. The announcement also comes with replacement of three serving MPs of the party.

The former Dzongda of Trongsa Dzongkhag, Sonam Rinchen, 59, will contest from Chhumig – Ura Constituency in Bumthang. He will replace MP Tshewang Jurmey.

With 33 years of experience in civil service, Sonam Rinchen has served in several leadership positions. He served as Assistant Director, Under Secretary and Deputy Director of Royal Civil Service Commission. He also served as Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement. He was also the Director of Department of Human Resources and Director of Department of Occupational Standards Ministry of Labor and Human Resources before serving as the Dzongda of Trongsa Dzongkhag.

He has a Masters in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, USA. While the former Dzongda of Zhemgang Dzongkhag, Harka Singh Tamang, 58, will contest from Gelegphu Constituency in Sarpang replacing MP Gopal Gurung. He served in the civil service for 34 years, starting as a trainee officer in the erstwhile Planning Commission and resigning as the Dzongda of Zhemgang. During his long career in the civil service, Harka Singh Tamang also served as Zonal Planning Officer, Under Secretary, Deputy Director and Joint Director of Road Safety and Transport Authority. He also served as the Executive Secretary of Gelephu Thromde. Harka Singh Tamang has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Urban Geography from DAV College, Chandigarh, India.

Meanwhile fifty-one year old Kamal Bahadur Gurung, the former National Council member is the party’s new candidate from Kilkhorthang – Mendrelgang Constituency in Tsirang. He has the much-needed experience as a legislator having represented the people of Tsirang in the National Council from 2013 to 2018. He will replace MP Yogesh Tamang.

He served in the civil service and the corporate sector for 24 years. He served as Computer Programmer, Executive Engineer and Manager in Department of Power and as Senior Engineer and Senior Manager in Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPCL). He also served as Senior Project Manager of Rural Electrification Project, BPCL.

He has a Masters of Engineering (Energy) – Electric Power System Management from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu

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