Lotay Tshering

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Prime Minister of Kingdom of Bhutan

Lotay Tshering
Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering on December 28, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Dr. Lotay Tshering in 2018
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Assumed office
7 November 2018
MonarchJigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Preceded byTshering Tobgay
President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa
Assumed office
14 May 2018
DeputySherab Gyaltshen
Preceded byTandi Dorji
Member of the National Assembly of Bhutan
Assumed office
31 October 2018
Preceded byYeshi Zimba
ConstituencySouth Thimphu
Personal details
Born (1969-05-10) 10 May 1969 (age 50)
Political partyDruk Nyamrup Tshogpa
Spouse(s)Ugyen Dema
Children3 (two adopted)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka[2]
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University[2]
University of Canberra

Lotay Tshering (Dzongkha: བློ་གྲོས་ཚེ་རིང་; born 10 May 1969) is a Bhutanese politician and doctor[3] who is the current Prime Minister of Bhutan,[4][5] in office since 7 November 2018. He has also been the president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa since 14 May 2018.[6][7]

Early life and education[]

Tshering was born in 10 May 1969,[8][9] into a humble family.[1] He hails from Dalukha village, Mewang Gewog, Thimpu.[10]

He received his early education from the Punakha High School and graduated from Sherubtse College.[1] He graduated from Mymensingh Medical College under the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and received a degree of MBBS in 2001.[1][11] He completed his post-graduation in surgery from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[2][11] 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.[12] He received a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Canberra, Australia in 2014.[12]

Personal life[]

Tshering is married to a doctor, Ugyen Dema.[13] The couple has one daughter. During his tenure in Mongar Regional Referral Hospital, he adopted one girl and one boy.[1]

Professional career[]

Tshering served as a consultant surgeon in JDWNRH and Mongar Regional Referral Hospital,[14] and was also served as a consultant urologist in JDWNRH for 11 years.[12]

After the payment of about Nu. 6.2 million to the Royal Civil Service Commission, he resigned from the JDWNRH as a urologist to join politics in 2013.

Political career[]

Tshering contested the 2013 National Assembly Election but his party was knocked out in the primary round.[14]

On 14 May 2018, Tshering received 1,155 votes and was elected as the president of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) just five months before the Third National Assembly Election.[15]

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.[16] His party won largest number of seats in the 2018 National Assembly Election, bringing Tshering to premiership[17] and Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa into government for the first time.[18]

Prime Minister[]

On 7 November 2018, he replaced Tshering Tobgay and was sworn in as 3rd democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan.[19][20][21]

Narendra Modi with the Lotay Tshering, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 28, 2018

On 27 December 2018, he arrived in India (three-day visit) on his first foreign trip after assuming the office.[22][23]


Tshering announced his 10 cabinet ministers on 3 November 2018.[24]



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  2. ^ a b c "Lotay Tshering joins Pahela Baishakh celebration, says Bangladesh is his 'second home'". bdnews24.com. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. ^ "'I like to operate': Bhutan's PM spends weekends as a surgeon". 10 May 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ "Dr Lotay Tshering is the prime minister candidate". www.kuenselonline.com. 23 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Narendra Modi congratulates newly elected PM of Bhutan". Hindustan Times. 19 October 2018.
  6. ^ "DNT elects Dr. Lotay Tshering as President and Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen as Vice President - BBS". BBS. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Ready to lead DNT, says Dr Lotay Tshering – KuenselOnline". www.kuenselonline.com. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Dr Lotay Tshering". www.facebook.com.
  9. ^ "Bhutan 2018 Elections". www.peldendrukpa.com.
  10. ^ "DNT cannot be stronger than 2018's team".
  11. ^ a b "MMCH accords reception to its ex-student Bhutanese PM". The Financial Express. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "11 Things To Know About Bhutan's New Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering". bhutantimes.com.
  13. ^ "Dr. Ugyen Dema, spouse of Prime Minister of Bhutan, visited Shinepukur Ceramics". The Financial Express. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  14. ^ a b Chaudhury, Dipanjan Roy (20 October 2018). "Centre-left DNT win may strengthen India-Bhutan relations". The Economic Times.
  15. ^ "DNT elects Dr. Lotay Tshering as President and Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen as Vice President". 14 May 2018.
  16. ^ "North and South Thimphu ayes for DNT – KuenselOnline". Kuenselonline.com. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  17. ^ "DNT confirms Dr Lotay Tshering as its PM nominee". 23 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Bhutan chooses new party to form government". Times of India.
  19. ^ "Dr Lotay Tshering sworn in as Bhutan's new prime minister". The New Indian Express. 7 November 1954. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Lotay Tshering sworn in as Bhutan's new prime minister - Xinhua | English.news.cn". Xinhuanet.com. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  21. ^ "New PM's Cabinet inaugurated in Bhutan". English.kyodonews.net. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Maiden foreign tour: Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering arrives in India". 27 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Bhutanese PM Lotay Tshering arrives in India on maiden foreign visit". WION.
  24. ^ "Bhutan's Newly Elected Prime Minister Lotay Tshering Unveiled The 10 Cabinet Ministers on 3 November 2018". www.bhutantimes.com.
  25. ^ "His Majesty confers Dakyen to PM, appoints ministers and grants Orange Kabney to Speaker, OL - BBS". 7 November 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Tshering Tobgay
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tandi Dorji
President of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa