With the by-election for Chhoekhor-Tang constituency to happen anytime, Business Bhutan’s senior reporter Chencho Dema interviews Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s candidate Dawa who will contest for the second time after losing in the 2018 election against his uncle, the former OL who resigned in August.

According to people there are factors such as PDP’s vote, OL’s popularity, DPT’s strong vote bank in the Chhoekhor –Tang constituency which could be possible obstacles in winning the bye-election. What is your view on this? A: A party is only a vehicle of choice, while politics is the means to fulfilling the aspirations of […]

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PDP calls upon the government to reopen the CFM immediately

Maintaining that the closure of the Centenary Farmers’ Market (CFM) and its replacement in the Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP) do not serve to fight the Covid-19 pandemic spread, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called upon the government to reopen the CFM immediately. The party, in its press release issued on Thursday, has also recommended […]

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Will Bumthaps maintain status quo or vote for change?

Just like Nanong-Shumar Constituency bye-election in 2013, will Chhoekhor-Tang Constituency maintain status quo by voting in favor of the opposition candidate? As the preparations for the bye-election in Chhoekhor-Tang Constituency in Bumthang gain momentum, there is a palpable sense of excitement among voters in the Constituency and those observing political developments. A question that is […]

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Debate on elected leaders’ resignation continues

The resignation of Opposition Leader (OL) Dr (Phd) Pema Gyamtsho has once again generated much discourse on whether elected leaders or representatives can be allowed to leave easily by tendering their resignation in absence of clear legislation. MPs have a history of abandoning their seats and the OL resigning is not a new trend. In […]

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OL remains tight-lipped about resignation

Speculations are rife that he will submit his resignation in mid-August With the recent news of Opposition Leader Dr (Phd) Pema Gyamtsho being selected as the Director General of International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an international organization based in Nepal, questions about his resignation and a bye-election have been afloat for some time […]

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Party members in quandary over OL’s move to resign

Party members of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) are perplexed over the Opposition Leader’s move to resign and join as the Director General of International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an international organization, as they had not seen it coming. Talking to Business Bhutan, General Secretary of DPT, Sangay Phurba, said that although there […]

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DNT defers appointment of new party president

The decision to appoint the new party president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has been deferred for now, according to party’s general secretary Phurba. He said the party has not decided whether to elect the president and even not decided whom to be appointed. “We deferred the appointment of party president,” he said. According to […]

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We are yet to see bold Initiatives, says Opposition Party

While the Opposition Party congratulated the government on completing its first year in office and expressed interest to work together for the cause of the people and the country, it, however, maintained that the government has not undertaken any bold initiative in the past one year. “On the whole, we are yet to see bold […]

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TSMs recommended to promote women participation in politics

To encourage increased women participation in politics, many recommend that temporary special measures (TSMs) be put into place. This formed a core theme of discussion during the Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus orientation workshop conducted by Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW) and National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) from November 5 to 8. In […]

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