Bhutan opposition wins election

AFP-JIJI

Bhutan’s opposition People’s Democratic Party stormed to an upset victory Saturday in elections as voters gave their verdict on five years of democracy, a local news website reported.

The People’s Democratic Party won 30 seats in the vote for parliament while the incumbent Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party snared just 12 seats, according to the website of Bhutan’s national newspaper Kuensel. The winning party needed 24 out of 47 seats up for grabs to form the next government in the “land of the thunder dragon,” according to the Kuensel website, after two other groups were knocked out in a primary voting round in May.

The polling marked only the second time in history that voters in the isolated kingdom have elected a government.