Jigme Palden Dorji
|Jigme Palden Dorji|
|1st Prime Minister of Bhutan|
1952 – 6 April 1964
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Jigme Thinley|
Bhutan House, Kalimpong, India
|Died||6 April 1964 (aged 44-45)
Phuntsoling Guesthouse, Bhutan
|Spouse(s)||Ashi Tsering Yangzom|
|Parents||Sonam Topgay Dorji
Appointed Chief Minister (Gongzim) in 1952, he became the first man to hold the title Prime Minister of Bhutan (Lonchen). This followed the upgrading of the old position in 1958 as part of a wider series of reforms by Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. As brother-in-law of the Dragon King of Bhutan Dorji helped to drive the king's modernisation polices. However his reforms antagonised both the military and the religious institutions leading to a corporal in the army assassinating him in April 1964. Namgyal Bahadur, head of the Royal Bhutan Army, was amongst those executed for the murder plot.
- King Mahendra Investiture Medal (Kingdom of Nepal, 2 May 1956).
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