King Wangchuk to Offer 'Dakyen' to Dr. Lotay Tshering, the New PM of Bhutan on Nov 7
| Onkareshwar Pandey - 03 Nov 2018

King Wangchuk to Offer 'Dakyen' to Dr. Lotay Tshering, the New PM of Bhutan on Nov 7


Onkareshwar Pandey

New Delhi, Nov 03, 2018: His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, The Royal King of Bhutan, will grant the Dakyen (a traditional Scarf) to Dr. Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister-elect, on Nov 7th, 2018.

Dr. Lotay Tshering, a young dynamic leader and President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa will then take over as the next Prime Minister of Himalayan kingdom Bhutan with his 10 members team of Cabinet Ministers, confirms Dr. Tandi Dorjee, MP-elect and spokesperson Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which has won the elections held on October 18 this year.

“The Prime Minister and his team of Cabinet Ministers will start sitting in the office and functioning on the 7th of November after His Majesty The King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck grants the Dakyen (a traditional Scarf) to the Prime Minister-elect, said Dr. Tandi Dorji while talking to Indian Observer Post from Thimphu over phone. Dr. Dorji refused to give any details of the would-be Cabinet Ministers, saying, “this is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to select any person from the list of elected members. I can’t comment on this.”

The Prime Minister and the ministers will receive Dakyen from His Majesty The King on November 7, after the 10-day petition period that the election commission observes after the poll ends on November 6. From the government side, Dr Tandi Dorji said it was decided that the dhar offering ceremony for the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Ministers and the members of parliament from the ruling party would be held on November 7.

“This is being done so for the convenience of the public, particularly those travelling from the districts beyond,” DR. Dorji said.

Dr. Lotay Tshering led centre-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which was only formed in 2013, won 30 of the 47 national assembly seats, according to the results released by Bhutan's election commission.

He won because of his hard work, sincerity, vision and mission for the country. In the elections, Dr. Lotay Tshering, a urology surgeon by profession, who was trained in Bangladesh and Australia, vowed to work for "nation building" in the country which is battling high foreign debt, as well as youth employment, rural poverty and criminal gangs.

eople of Bhutan listened to the 50-year old dynamic leader Dr. Tshering and gave him the mandate for next five years to rule and take the country on the path of progress and self-reliant.

“Lotay Tshering is an approachable character. He makes it a point to speak to whoever he meets. A devout Buddhist, he is seen always carrying prayer beads and a towel that rests on his knees when he is travelling,” wrote,, Bhutan’s leading news portal. This correspondent sent a message to Dr. Tshering for his exclusive interview and got the reply within half an hour.

It is interesting to know that Dr. Lotay Tshering resigned to join politics in 2013. And also, he paid about Nu 6.2 million to the government to leave the civil service. As a politician, he campaigned then as he is now doing – to improve Bhutan’s health system. According to local media reports, Dr. Tshering believes in taking services to the people and is convinced that DNT has the best instruments to do so.


Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had congratulated Dr. Lotay Tshering on his party’s victory in the third general election in Bhutan and his own election to the National Assembly. Prime Minister Modi welcomed the successful conduct of general elections, which is an important milestone for consolidation of democracy in Bhutan.

Photo from his Facebook Profile.


Dr. Lotay Tshering ; President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa ; DNT ; Prime Minister of Himalayan kingdom Bhutan ; Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ; General election in Bhutan ; National Assembly of Bhutan ; Democracy in Bhutan ; Thimphu

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