Former prime minister Jigmi Y Thinely, whose whereabouts escalated various assumptions including his house-arrest, made his public appearance after four months in Thimphu on Dec. 3.
Thinley appeared in a responsibility handover program of party, Druk Phensum Tshogpa (DPT), where vice-president Dr Pema Gyamtsho was elected as the party’s new president. Gyamtsho replaced Thinley, who stepped down following a fatal defeat of his party earlier in July.
State-owned BBS quoted Thinley as saying, “We had enough of old decision makers with old ideas. If democracy in Bhutan is to grow and change for better, the party leaders will have to be changed.”
Thinley also maintained that his allegiance to DPT would always remain the same.
According to media reports, Thinley refused to comment about his “long hibernation”.