Who is PM Lotay Tshering

Lotay Tshering

Lotay Tshering (Dzongkha: བློ་གྲོས་ བློ་གྲོས་ ཚེ་; born 1968 in Mewang Gewog) is a Bhutanese politician and doctor who has been Prime Minister of Bhutan since November 7, 2018. Since May 14, 2018 he has also been president of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party.


Tshering was born in Mewang Gewog in 1968 as a child of common people. After finishing school in Bhutan, he studied in Bangladesh at the University of Dhaka and Mymensingh Medical College and received a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).[1] After graduating, he studied surgery at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka. In 2007 he studied urology at the Medical College in Wisconsin (USA) on a scholarship from the World Health Organization. After returning to Bhutan, he was the only practicing urologist in his country. He worked at the National Referral Hospital in the capital Thimphu, the largest hospital in the country. In 2013 he decided to go into politics and gave up his job at the National Referral Hospital.

In 2013 he ran with the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) in the parliamentary elections. The party became the third strongest force and thus missed the runoff elections.[2] After losing the election, he completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canberra in Australia in 2014.[3] On May 14, 2018, he was elected President of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party.[4] His party won the most seats in parliamentary elections five months later. This made Tshering Prime Minister and the DNT became a ruling party for the first time.[5]

On November 7, 2018, he was sworn in as the third democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, replacing his predecessor Tshering Tobgay.[6] On December 27, 2018, he visited neighboring India as Prime Minister on his first trip abroad.[7]


Tshering is married to a doctor. The couple have adopted a daughter and two other children.[3]

In addition to his political activities, he continues to perform operations on weekends.[8]

Individual evidence

  1. MMCH accords reception to its ex-student Bhutanese PM. In: Financial Express (Bangladesh), April 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury: Center-left DNT win may strengthen India-Bhutan relations. In: The Economic Times, October 20, 2018.
  3. ab11 Things To Know About Bhutan's New Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering.
  4. DNT elects Dr. Lotay Tshering as President and Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen as Vice President - BBS. In: BBS, May 14, 2018.
  5. Bhutan chooses new party to form government. Times of India.
  6. Dr Lotay Tshering sworn in as Bhutan's new prime minister. The New Indian Express. 7th November 2018.
  7. Maiden foreign tour: Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering arrives in India. December 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Hannah Ellis-Petersen South-east Asia correspondent, agencies: 'I like to operate': Bhutan's PM spends weekends as a surgeon. In: The Guardian. May 10, 2019, ISSN 0261-3077 (theguardian.com [accessed May 28, 2019]).

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