Great moment in Bhutan’s history: India

March 24th, 2008 - 11:27 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) India has welcomed Bhutan’s first general elections Monday as a “great moment” in the history of the former Himalayan kingdom, heralding the world’s youngest democracy. The elections were held for the 47-member National Assembly or the lower house of parliament with 318,465 registered voters eligible to exercise their franchise in the largely Buddhist nation of about 600,000 people.

Congratulating the Bhutanese Royal government, external affairs ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna said: “This is indeed a great moment in Bhutan’s history.”

He praised the Bhutanese king’s “personal guidance, meticulous planning and constant support” as having “contributed to the success of this historic enterprise”.

“No less has been the determination of the people of Bhutan to fulfil His Majesty’s vision of Bhutan’s transition to a constitutional, democratic monarchy,” he said, adding that India joined Bhutan in “rejoicing this great achievement”.

“India remains committed to providing all possible assistance to the Royal government of Bhutan during its period of transition,” he said.

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