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Bhutan: Political System

Bhutan is a kingdom. From 1972 to 2006 the 4th King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (born 1955) rules. On December 9, 2006, his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (born 1980) took over the royal dignity as the fifth king of the Wangchuk dynasty - which has ruled the country since 1907 . The National Assembly (Tshogdu) has 150 members, 105 of whom are elected representatives, ten representatives of the religious communities and 35 representatives appointed by the king. The legislative period lasts three years. See AbbreviationFinder for more information about Bhutan politics, and acronyms as well.

Bhutan: Political System

The official name of the country is:

Kingdom of Bhutan

National anthem

The national anthem of a country is usually a piece of music underlaid with a text, which is intended to express the state, attitude to life or national feeling of a country. It is mostly played on particularly festive occasions, such as state visits, special holidays or to honor politicians, business leaders, etc. National anthem of the respective winning country for performance.

Based on flag descriptions by Countryaah.com, the national anthem of Bhutan was written by Gyaldun Dasho Thinley Dorji and set to music by Aku Tongmi. It became the country's official anthem in 1953.

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Bhutan flag and coat of arms

In Dzongkha, but with Latin letters, it reads:

Druk tsendhen (The Kingdom of

Thunder Dragons) Druk tsendhen koipi gyelkhap na

Loog ye ki tenpa chongwai gyon

Pel mewang ngadhak rinpo chhe

Ku jurmey tenching chhap tsid pel

Chho sangye ten pa goong dho gyel

Bang che kyed ny goong dho gyel Bang che kyed ny.

In English it is

In the Thunder Dragon Kingdom

Adorned with sandalwood

The protector who guards

The teaching of the dual system

He, the precious and glorious ruler

Causes dominion to spread

While his unchanging person abides

In constancy

As the doctrine of the Lord Buddha flourishes

May the sun of peace and happiness

Shine on the people

And in the English translation

In the Kingdom of Thunder Dragons

Decorated with Sandalwood

The Protector who guards the teaching of the dual system

He, the esteemed and glorious Leader,

destined to spread dominion

While his immutable person remains

In permanence

As the teaching of the Great Buddha blossoms

May the sun bloom of peace and happiness

shine over the people

 

Bhutan: Known People

Musician

  • Aku Tongmi (born 1913)

    set the Bhutanese national anthem to music.

Politicians and rulers

  • Ugyen Wangchuk (1861-1926)

    From 1907 to 1926 Ugyen Wangchuk was the first king (= Druk Gyalpo) of Bhutan. Even under his rule, the gradual reform process that Bhutan so needed began.

  • Jigme Wangchuk (1906-1952)

    was King of Bhutan from 1926-1952.

  • Jigme Dorje Wangchuck (1929-1972)

    This king succeeded his father Jigme Wangchuck in 1952 as the Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. The time of his kingship is considered to be the time of the modernization of Bhutan: He had the parliament (Tshogdu) created, the free school system introduced, Bhutan became a member of the UN and his country's infrastructure was improved.

  • Jigme Singye Wangchuck (born 1955)

    Jigme Singye, born in Thimphu in 1955, is the only legitimate son of King Jigme Dorje Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Kesang Choden. From 1972 to 2006 he was King (= Druk Gyalpo) of Bhutan. Incidentally, he is the father of the current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

  • Crown Prince Dasho Jigme Khesar Nemgyel Wangchuk

    is the son of the current king.

  • Lamas Shabdung Ngawang Namgyal (in the 17th century)

    was the unified Bhutan from Tibet.

  • Lyonchhen Jigme Yoser Thinley (born 1952)

    Lyonchhen Jigme Yoser Thinley has held the office of Prime Minister of Bhutan since 2008. But he also worked in this role for his country in 1998/1999 and 2003/2004.

Writer and poet

  • Gyaldun Dasho Thinley Dorji (1914-1966)

    wrote the Bhutanese national anthem.

  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (born 1961)

    The Lama of Bhutan, also known as Khyentse Norbu, is also active as a filmmaker and writer. His two main cinematic works were The Cup (1999) and Travelers and Magicians (2003).

Athlete

  • Tshering Chhoden (born 1980)

    archer

Theologians and philosophers

The Je Khempo is the religious head of Bhutan. Missionary Padmasambhava ("The Lotus Born") brought tantric Buddhism to Bhutan in the 8th century, which still shapes the cultural and political life of the country as the state religion.

 


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