Lotay Tshering (Dzongkha: བློ་གྲོས་ཚེ་རིང་; born c. 1968) is a Bhutanese politician and doctor who is the current Prime Minister of Bhutan, in office since 7 November 2018. He is also the president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa since 14 May 2018.
|Prime Minister of Bhutan|
|Assumed office |
7 November 2018
|Monarch||Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck|
|Preceded by||Tshering Tobgay|
|President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa|
|Assumed office |
14 May 2018
|Preceded by||Tandi Dorji|
|Member of the National Assembly of Bhutan|
|Assumed office |
31 October 2018
|Preceded by||Yeshi Zimba|
|Born||c.1968 (age 50–51)|
Dalukha village, Mewang gewog
|Political party||Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa|
|Children||3 (two adopted)|
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
University of Canberra
Early life and educationEdit
He received his early education from the Punakha High School in Sherubtse. He graduated from Mymensingh Medical College under the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and received a degree of MBBS in 2001. He completed his post-graduation in surgery from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2007, he studied Urology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, United States under his World Health Organization fellowship. Upon his return to Bhutan, he was the only practicing trained urologist in his country. In 2010, he obtained a fellowship in Endourology at Singapore General Hospital, Singapore and Okayama University, Japan. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Canberra, Australia in 2014.
Tshering is married to a Doctor. The couple has one daughter. During his tenure in Mongar Regional Referral Hospital, he adopted one girl and one boy.
He was elected to the National Assembly of Bhutan as a candidate of DNT from South Thimphu constituency in 2018 Bhutanese National Assembly election. He received 3,662 votes, defeating Kinley Tshering, a candidate of DPT. His party won largest number of seats in the 2018 National Assembly Election, bringing Tshering to priemiership and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa into government for the first time.
Tshering announced his 10 cabinet ministers on 3 November 2018.
- 1991: He was awarded the Father William Mackey Gold Medal for academic excellence in Sherubtse.
- 2005: He was awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion Award by 14th Dalai Lama.
- 2017: He was awarded the Order of the Beloved of the Thunder Dragon Medal (Druk Thuksey) by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck for his "selfless and dedicated service to the Tsawa-Sum (our King, our country and our people)."
- 2018: Royal Orange Scarf by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
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- "Narendra Modi congratulates newly elected PM of Bhutan". Hindustan Times. 19 October 2018.
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- Chaudhury, Dipanjan Roy (20 October 2018). "Centre-left DNT win may strengthen India-Bhutan relations". The Economic Times.
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- "DNT confirms Dr Lotay Tshering as its PM nominee". 23 October 2018.
- "Bhutan chooses new party to form government". Times of India.
- "Dr Lotay Tshering sworn in as Bhutan's new prime minister". The New Indian Express. 7 November 1954. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- "Lotay Tshering sworn in as Bhutan's new prime minister - Xinhua | English.news.cn". Xinhuanet.com. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- "New PM's Cabinet inaugurated in Bhutan". English.kyodonews.net. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
- "Maiden foreign tour: Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering arrives in India". 27 December 2018.
- "Bhutanese PM Lotay Tshering arrives in India on maiden foreign visit". WION.
- "Bhutan's Newly Elected Prime Minister Lotay Tshering Unveiled The 10 Cabinet Ministers On 3 November 2018". www.bhutantimes.com.
- "His Majesty confers Dakyen to PM, appoints ministers and grants Orange Kabney to Speaker, OL - BBS". 7 November 2018.
| Prime Minister of Bhutan
|Party political offices|
| President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa