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Bhutan Administration

        The form of government in Bhutan is as unique as the country. It is the only Democratic Theocracy in the world. His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck is Bhutan's fourth king.
      A very special man who has kept the culture and traditions of his country intact while listening to the voice of his people. One of the six development goals HM King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has expressed is "People's participation and decentralization in the government".
     Bhutan is divided into 20 dzongkhags (dzong districts), each with its own elected 3 year representative. The Tshogdu, or National Assembly has 154 members who fall into 3 categories. The largest groups with 105 members are the Chimis. Representatives of Bhutan's 20 dzongkhas.
      The regional monk bodies elect 12 monastic representatives who also serve 3-year terms. Another 37 representatives are civil servants nominated by the king. They include 20 Dzongdas, (district officers or mayors: The old term for Dzongdas is Penlops, the first king was the penlop of Paro and Thimphu) ministers, secretaries of various government and other high-ranking officials.
      The National Assembly meets in Thimphu once each year. Politics are firmly established on Constitutional monarchy. Isolated from the outside world until trade and cultural links were severed after the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet. India has agreed to guide Bhutan in its foreign affairs due to the border dispute between China and India.


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