Sangay Ngedup

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Sangay Ngedup
Sangay Ngedup 2005.jpg
3rd Prime Minister of Bhutan
In office
5 September 2005 – 7 September 2006
Monarch Jigme Singye
Preceded by Yeshey Zimba
Succeeded by Khandu Wangchuk
In office
9 July 1999 – 20 July 2000
Monarch Jigme Singye
Preceded by Jigme Thinley
Succeeded by Yeshey Zimba
Personal details
Born (1953-07-01) 1 July 1953 (age 63)
Punakha, Bhutan
Political party People's Democratic Party
Religion Buddhism

Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup (born 1 July 1953) was Prime Minister of Bhutan from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2005 to 2006.


Sangay Ngedup was born in Nobgang village in Punakha. He is the second eldest son in a family of two brothers and five sisters. Four of his sisters are married to the former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. He graduated from Dr Graham's Homes in Kalimpong, India, and completed his tertiary education at St. Stephen's College in Delhi, India. In 1976 he joined the Bhutanese foreign service, and attended diplomatic courses in Australia and New Delhi.

In 1977, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup served at the permanent mission of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York and later as second (and later first) secretary in the Royal Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi. In 1989, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup was appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.

He was transferred as the Director of Trade and Industry in 1989 and then as the joint secretary of the Planning Commission in April 1991. He became the Director General of Health in 1992. In 1998 he became Minister of Health and Education, and he served as Prime Minister from July 9, 1999 until July 20, 2000. He was Minister of Agriculture from 2003 to 2007, and on September 5, 2005 was appointed as Prime Minister again, serving until September 7, 2006. In July 2007 he resigned from the government, together with Prime Minister Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk and five other ministers, to enter politics and prepare for the country's first ever democratic election in 2008.[1] Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup, whose demonstrated leadership style is democratic, was unanimously elected as president and leader of the newly constituted People's Democratic Party.

In his presidential debate, the first ever held in February 2008, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup has promised that, if he wins the election, he would base his policies of governing on Gross National Happiness (GNH), a philosophy (coined by the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck) that states that happiness is more important than material growth for the people.

He led his party during the election, held on March 24, 2008, but lost in his own constituency; the People's Democratic Party took only two seats of a possible 47 in the National Assembly.[2]

Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup was awarded the Red Scarf by His Majesty the King on August 24, 1987, and the Orange Scarf on January 1, 1998.

In 2002 he undertook with six other members the Move for Health Walk from Trashigang to the capital city of Thimphu covering on foot a distance of 560 km concluded successfully as scheduled. The Walk was conceived by Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup to promote the fund raising for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, an important initiative to keep the primary health services of Bhutan free of charge.

Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup is the Honorary President of the Bhutan Scouts Association.


  1. ^ "Caretaker prime minister appointed in Bhutan", Indo-Asian News Service (, 3 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Bhutan votes for status quo", France 24, March 24, 2008

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jigme Thinley
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Yeshey Zimba
Preceded by
Yeshey Zimba
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Khandu Wangchuk