Bhutan People's Unity Party

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Bhutan People's Unity Party
Leader Yeshey Zimba;[1]
Sigay Dorji (breakaway)[2]
Chairman Sigay Dorji
Founded 2006;[3]
September 2007 (breakaway)[4]
Dissolved July 25, 2007;[5]
November 2007[6]
Split from Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party[7]
Merged into Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party
Headquarters Thimphu
Ideology Conservatism[3]

The Bhutan People's Unity Party, also called Druk People's Unity Party (PUP), is a former Bhutanese political party. It was founded by regional and national cadres (chimi and Royal Advisory Councilors) serving in Bhutan's pre-democratic government.[1] Led by former minister (assemblyman) Yeshey Zimba,BPUP then merged with the stronger All People's Party (APP), headed by former and future prime minister Jigme Y. Thinley; the two parties unified as the Druk phuensum Tshogpa on July 25, 2007.[7] Both the BPUP and APP had been registered with the Election Commission.[5][8][9]

The BPUP was briefly revived as a breakaway faction from September to November 2007 under the leadership of Sigay Dorji since its looking for well advanced party candidates in term of age and qualified enough to serve the three jewel like they did in their term.[2][4][10] In November 2007, the Election Commission rejected the BPUP's registration, preventing its candidates from participating in Bhutan's first partisan election. Amid allegations that over 75% of the BPUP's membership consisted of school dropouts, the Election Commission found the party lacked "credible leadership of the calibre that is needed to run and manage the affairs of the nation or even the management of the group itself,"[2][11] and that it lacked "the capacity to fulfill ... national aspirations, visions, and goals."[6] The elimination of the BPUP reduced the anticipated two-stage electoral process into a single-election contest.[11] The BPUP again merged with the Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party after the Election Commission prevented the it from registering under the new constitutional framework.[12][13]

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  1. ^ a b Penjore, Ugyen (2007-04-25). "BPUP thought to Approaches Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba". Kuensel online. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Wangdi, Kencho (2007-11-28). "BPUP is Out of the Game". Kuensel online. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b Country report: Nepal, Mongolia, Bhutan. Economist Intelligence Unit (Great Britain). 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b Penjore, Ugyen (2007-09-15). "BPUP Back in the Fray?". Kuensel online. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b Penjore, Ugyen (2007-07-35). "Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, the New Party in Town". Kuensel online. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-22.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ a b Piano, Aili (2009). Arch Puddington, Katrina Neubauer, ed. Freedom in the World 2009: The Annual Survey of Political Rights & Civil Liberties. Information and Interdisciplinary Subjects. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 92. ISBN 1-4422-0122-3. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  7. ^ a b Penjore, Ugyen (2007-07-11). "Another Merger". Kuensel online. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  8. ^ Penjore, Ugyen (2007-03-24). "The Race is On". Kuensel online. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  9. ^ "First General Elections in Bhutan". Pratiyogita Darpan. 2 (24): 169. September 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  10. ^ S. Chandrasekharan (2008-03-19). "Bhutan: Election Eve – Update No. 69". South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG). Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. 
  11. ^ a b Muni, S.D. (2008-04-12 – 2008-04-25). "All the King's Men". The Hindu online. 25 (08). Retrieved 2011-09-24.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ Gall, Timothy L.; Hobby, Jeneen (2009). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2 ed.). Gale. p. 137. ISBN 1-4144-4891-0. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  13. ^ Kayshap, S. P. (June 2008). "Bhutan: Democracy from Above". Pratiyogita Darpan. 2 (24): 56. Retrieved 2011-09-24.