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Elections are today in Bhutan, plagued by economic woes

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Bhutan, known as one of the happiest countries in the world, is holding its fourth national election on Tuesday. Democracy was established in the country 15 years ago today. As such, this is the fourth election after the establishment of democracy.

Al Jazeera, a Qatar-based media outlet, reported that voting began today at 8:00 a.m. in Bhutan, which is suffering from economic problems. Voting will continue till 5 pm. Voters hope that through today’s elections, they will be able to choose leaders who can rescue the country from economic misery.

Bhutan has been in economic crisis since the corona epidemic. The country’s foreign exchange reserves are dwindling, the unemployment rate is rising and many are leaving the country and migrating abroad.

Elections in Bhutan are held in two phases. The two parties with the highest number of votes in the first round can participate in the second round of elections. And if more than two parties do not participate in the election, then a single phase election is held. Such an incident happened once in 2008.

The second phase of the election is being held today. In this election, the voters will elect a total of 47 legislators in two chambers. The elected will form the government.

The first phase of elections was held in Bhutan on November 29 last year. Five political parties participated in that election. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhutan Tendrel Party (BTP) won that election. Both these parties are participating in the final round of voting today. Today, five lakh voters of Bhutan will choose 47 candidates from the 94 candidates of these two parties as members of parliament.


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