Tshering Tobgay is the president of the People’s Democratic Party. He was elected to lead the Party during its convention on 19 May 2012. He is the current leader of the opposition party in the National Assembly of Bhutan, and was elected from Sombaykha Constituency in Haa.
Tshering was a civil servant before he joined active politics. He began his career in 1991 with the Technical and Vocational Education Section under the Department of Education. In 1998 he established and headed the erstwhile National Technical Training Authority, and he served as a director in the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources from 2003 till 2007.
As a civil servant, Tshering Tobgay improved and expanded vocational education and training in the country. He also founded and managed the Education Staff Welfare Scheme, and the Thimphu Youth Centre. In addition, he served in various boards including the Youth Development Fund, Council for Higher Education, and the University of Bhutan.
Tshering was the first official to resign from the civil service to take part in active politics. He was a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party and was responsible for establishing the Party as Bhutan’s first registered political party.
Tshering has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.
Tshering Tobgay is married to Tashi Doma and has two children. He enjoys volunteering, reading, trekking, bicycling, jogging, archery, music and drama. He in a prolific blogger, and is active on Facebook and Twitter.
A birthday greeting
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
On the joyous occasion of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk’s 33rd birth anniversary, the People’s Democratic Party joins the nation in offering our deepest respects, heartfelt felicitations and prayers for His Majesty’s long life and a long prosperous reign.
Long Live the Druk Gyalpo!
Bhutan has been blessed with a succession of enlightened monarchs – selfless and benevolent kings who have always placed the interest of the nation above all else. They have ensured the peace, security and stability of our country; they have bestowed liberty, justice and happiness on our people.
Bhutan continues to be blessed. At a time when our people were enjoying unprecedented peace, prosperity and happiness, His Majesty the King blessed us with democracy. He then worked tirelessly to ensure that the transition to democracy is smooth. When we, the people, were unsure about democracy, His Majesty gave us assurance. When we were confused, His Majesty gave us inspiration. And when the political system seemed to flounder, His Majesty provided steadfast support and counsel.
That is why, within a very short time, the foundations of our democracy have already become unshakable.
On our part, His Majesty’s birth anniversary is an opportune occasion to dedicate ourselves to take democracy forward, and so serve the Tsawa Sum. Political parties, their members and candidates can do so by committing themselves to genuine nation-building instead of pursuing narrow political interests. Civil servants and the clergy can do so by remaining truly apolitical. And, most importantly, every Bhutanese can do so by fulfilling their sacred responsibility to vote in the upcoming elections. The best gift we can offer His Majesty today would be the pledge that we will take our democracy seriously.
Two months ago, on December 17th, during our National Day celebrations, His Majesty the King called on the nation to participate in the upcoming elections “as candidates, members of parties and voters.”
Today, on His Majesty’s birth anniversary, it would be befitting on our part to commit to do so … as a simple, yet heartfelt birthday gift.
Long Live the Druk Gyalpo!