Staff Reporter

The members of the National Assembly after the oath-taking ceremony will elect the Speaker and the deputy speaker of the House today.

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday announced the nomination of Lungten Dorji for the position of Speaker and Sangay Khandu as Deputy Speaker. This decision was reached unanimously during a party meeting held yesterday evening.

Lungten Dorji has nearly three decades of experience in civil service and brings extensive expertise in policy making, governance, and community development.

According to the party, as the former Director General of DLG and Dzongdag, Lungten’s wealth of experience positions him as a legislative luminary capable of navigating the intricacies of policymaking to bring about impactful legislation. Lungten also served as the Member of National Assembly (2006-2007).

“His deep connection with the people and commitment to public service make him well-suited to address the unique challenges in lawmaking,” PDP’s press release stated.

Lungten Dorji holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sherubtse College and a Master in Public Administration from the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris, France.

“This academic background, coupled with practical experience, equips him with a holistic understanding of the legislative landscape,” PDP stated.

Deputy Speaker nominee Sangay Khandu has over 22 years of experience in the Bhutanese parliament. The party stated that he is a seasoned politician who has served in key positions, including Gup, Chimi (member of National Assembly), member of Constitution Drafting Committee, Chairman of the Dzongkhag Tshogdu, and Member of National Council.

His extensive experience and commitment to public service and law-making make him a trusted and respected figure, advocating for the needs and aspirations of the people, the party said.

He holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Rangsit University, Thailand.

The People’s Democratic Party expressed confidence in the abilities of Lungten Dorji and Sangay Khandu to fulfil their roles with dedication and integrity. The party stated that it believes their combined experience, leadership skills, and commitment to public service align with the values and aspirations of the PDP and the Bhutanese people.