Kesang Lhendup was unanimously elected as new President of the Druk National Congress (DNC) following an “extraordinary” convention held in Kathmandu on Sunday.
48-year-old Lhendup was born in Mongar district and joined the party in 1994, serving as party in the post of General Secretary and Vice-President, according to a press statement issued by the party, Monday.
Addressing the party leaders and cadres, President Lhendup said, “My predecessor, Late Rongthong Kunley Dorji had served his life and was instrumental in ushering Bhutan from an absolute monarchy, to a constitutional democracy under the constitutional monarchy.”
He further said, “I am hopeful that the people of Bhutan and the well-wisher will continue to extend their support to my endeavor in establishing inclusive and vibrant democracy in Bhutan.”
According to his claim, people of Bhutan owe him (RKD) a deepest respect and gratitude, saying, “His untimely demise was great loss and setback to the Bhutanese democratic movement.”
He also mentioned that he valued and cherished his political legacy. “I will continue his good works so that every Bhutanese irrespective of race, sex, religion, politics or other status could enjoy the fruits of genuine democracy.”
The election of the president was necessitated after the founding president, Rongthong Kunley Dorji passed away on 19th October 2011 in India.
The news DNC includes Gedun Choephel and Pema Tendzin as Vice-Presidents, Karma Duptho and Sangay Dorji as General Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Chewang Rixin has been appointed as the President of Druk National Youth Congress.