Lily Wangchuk abandons her party DCT for DPT

Bhutan will have one less political party in the upcoming National Assembly elections, likely to he held in August-September this year.

With Druk Chirwang Tshogpa (DCT) president Lily Wangchuk securing candidacy with Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), the DCT is likely to be a defunct political party unless other leaders in the team come up to lead and take party mission ahead.

According to new sources, if everything went as planned, Wangchuk will contest as North Thimphu candidate. And in case DPT forms the next government, she will take over the foreign ministry portfolio.

DCT almost remained dead following 2013 election after it failed to secure 10 per cent votes needed to secure state funding for next round of elections. Wangchuk saw the possibility that her party will not get 10 per cent votes this year as well and as a result will be deregistered with election commission.

Wangchuk had earlier approached other parties for merger of her party but had failed to reach any agreement. She has now agreed to deregister the DCT.

Another women politician Dorji Choden, failing to secure her party Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa enough votes in primary round in 2013 elections, ceded to People’s Democratic Party (PDP). She has been made party vice president recently, to ensure she does not abandon the party to lead a new again.

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