Bhutan People's Unity Party
|Bhutan People's Unity Party|
Sigay Dorji (breakaway)
September 2007 (breakaway)
|Dissolved||July 25, 2007;
|Merger of||Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party|
The Bhutan People's Unity Party, also called Druk People's Unity Party (PUP), is a former Bhutanese political party. It was founded by regional and national cadres (chimi and Royal Advisory Councilors) serving in Bhutan's pre-democratic government. Led by former lyonpo (assemblyman) Yeshey Zimba, the largely dysfunctional PUP merged with the stronger All People's Party (APP), headed by former and future prime minister Jigme Y. Thinley; the two parties unified as the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party on July 25, 2007. Both the PUP and APP had been registered with the Election Commission.
The PUP was briefly revived as a breakaway faction from September to November 2007 under the leadership of Sigay Dorji. In November 2007, the Election Commission rejected the PUP's registration, preventing its candidates from participating in Bhutan's first partisan election. Amid allegations that over 75% of the PUP's membership consisted of school dropouts, the Election Commission found the party lacked "credible leadership of the calibre that is needed to run and manage the affairs of the nation or even the management of the group itself," and that it lacked "the capacity to fulfill ... national aspirations, visions, and goals." The elimination of the PUP reduced the anticipated two-stage electoral process into a single-election contest. The PUP again merged with the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party after the Election Commission prevented the it from registering under the new constitutional framework.
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