The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Bhutanese brave mountains and monsoon for election

THIMPHU, Bhutan (AFP) - Voters in Bhutan braved heavy rain and treacherous mountain paths to cast their ballots on Friday as the "land of the thunder dragon" began electing a government for only the second time.
Wearing traditional dress and sheltering under umbrellas, Bhutanese queued patiently at polling stations in the isolated Himalayan nation in the first round of voting to determine the lower house of parliament.
The centre-right Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party, which has governed Bhutan for its first five years of democracy, beat the three other parties contesting with a 45 per cent share of the vote, officials said late Friday.
It will now go through to a final round on July 13 against the second-place People's Democratic Party, and the winners of that vote will form the next government.

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