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Yearbook 2018

Bhutan. According to, Bhutan held its third election this year since the country in 2008 transitioned from absolute monarchy to a democratic system. The voters clearly signaled that they wanted change. In the first round of voting, voters cast their vote on one of the parties and in the second, the two largest parties' various candidates are placed against each other in a majority election in one-man constituencies. This year, in the second round, the party met Solidarity, Justice, Freedom (DNT) and Bhutan Peace and Welfare Party (DPT), which received 32 and 31% of the votes in the first round respectively. This meant that the People's Democratic Party (PDP), which in 2013 received 32 out of 47 seats in the National Assembly, was excluded from the second round of elections and thus became completely without representation in Parliament.

2018 Bhutan

The winner of the election became DNT, which was awarded 30 seats. The party's leader, the surgeon Lotay Tshering, thus became new prime minister. Gender equality in the country took a step forward as the number of female MPs increased from four to seven. Thus, out of a total of ten women who were candidates, 70% received the most votes in their constituency.

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