Tshering Tobgay MC/MPA 2004 to Lead Bhutan

July 16, 2013
By Jenny Li Fowler

The new leader of the south Asian country of Bhutan may call upon his Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) education to help tackle some of his nation's most difficult public policy challenges.

Tshering Tobgay MC/MPA 2004 was named Prime Minister of Bhutan after the country’s main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party, won a majority of seats in parliament earlier this month.

The nation of 742,000 people features one of the world's fastest growing economies, but per capita income is low and its export market is limited to just a handful of countries.

The nationwide elections this month were just the second in Bhutan's history.

The social media savvy Prime Minister has responded to his recent appointment via Twitter (@tsheringtobgay), “To the people of Bhutan: thank you for strengthening our democracy.”

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Tobgay, chief of the victorious People's Democratic Party, will assume charge as the Himalayan nation's second democratically elected Prime Minister later this month.
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