Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party
|Founded||25 July 2007|
|Headquarters||Chang Lam, Thimphu|
|Seats in the National Assembly|
17 / 47
|Three Black-necked crane soaring high into the sky|
The Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party, or Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་ཕུན་སུམ་ཚོགས་པ; Wylie: 'brug phun-sum tshog-pa), is one of the major political parties in Bhutan. It was formed on 25 July 2007 as a merger of the All People's Party and the Bhutan People's United Party, which were both short-lived. The working committee of the merged entity, headed by the former home minister, Jigmi Yoezer Thinley, decided on the name for the new party. On 15 August 2007, Jigmi Yoezer Thinley was elected president of the party, and the party applied for registration, thus becoming the second political party in Bhutan to do so. On 2 October 2007, the Election Commission of Bhutan registered the party. On 24 March 2008, the party won the first general election held in Bhutan. The party secured 45 of the 47 seats to the National Assembly.
In the 2013 general election, while the DPT secured 15 seats, it lost the position of ruling party. In this election, People's Democratic Party won 32 seats and became the ruling party. In July 2013 Jigme Thinley submitted the resignation for the Member of National Assembly before beginning its Legislative Session. So on 24 July of the same year Pema Gyamtsho, who is a former Minister of Agriculture and Forest, was appointed the Opposition Leader in NA for the Second Legislative Session. On 3 December same year he was also elected as the new DPT’s Party President.
- "Bhutan and its political parties". European Parliamentary Research Service. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
- Matthew Rosenberg, "Royalist Party Wins Election in Bhutan", Associated Press, 24 March 2008. Archived 29 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Druk Phuensuim Tshogpa, the new party in town
- Election Commission of Bhutan website-DPT Archived 4 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "Bhutan voters show their attachment to king". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008.
- "Royalists Win Election in Bhutan". Time. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008.
- National Parliamentary Election 2013: General Elections Archived 1 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Election Commission of Bhutan Official Homepage. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- Dr. Pema Gyamtsho to head the OppositionBhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS), 24 July 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- OL, the new DPT president BBS, 4 December 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
- "Official Website". Retrieved 16 April 2008.