July 13, 2013

SO, NEVERMIND THOSE OVERTURES TO THE PRC:

Bhutan's opposition party scores upset win (Aljazeera, 13 Jul 2013)

Bhutan's opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) has scored an upset victory in the second parliamentary elections, and will take over power in the tiny Himalayan nation. [...]

The polling marked only the second time in history that voters in the isolated kingdom, dubbed as the "land of the thunder dragon", have elected a government.

Remote Bhutan's line of "dragon kings" ceded absolute power five years ago, introducing democracy to an electorate of fewer than 400,000 people.

The royalist DPT won the first election by a landslide in 2008 and bagged this year's primary round with 45 percent of votes.

But recent gains by the PDP shook up the contest.

The DPT had sought to win favour with rural communities - about 70 percent of the population - by improving their access to roads, mobile phone networks and electricity in the past five years.

But the election process was stirred up by a recent straining of ties with Bhutan's giant neighbour and longtime ally India, which suddenly cut subsidies earlier this month on cooking gas and kerosene to the kingdom.

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