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Bhutan's new PM wants to visit India first

March 28, 2008

Bhutan's Prime Minister-in waiting Jigmi Y Thinley has said India will be the first country he will like to visit after the country's inaugural democratic government assumes office.

"The prime minister of Bhutan will look forward to being invited to India as the first country that he will visit as the leader of the first democratically elected government of the country," he told reporters at his house in Chungkhar, Pemagatshel.

"India and Bhutan enjoy unique friendship and understanding that have contributed to mutual benefit, and it is a relationship that the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) and the new government will continue to strengthen,' Thinley said in his first news conference after his party swept the polls on Monday winning all but two of the 47 seats.

"You'll see a government that is not bigger than what it is now. You'll see a government that will be very transparent, very accessible to the media, and that will put in place various ways and means to make itself accountable to the people at regular intervals. Thinley said his government will be sensitive and responsive to the needs of the people and "unforgiving when it comes to corruption".

The DPT had won 44 out of 47 seats in the March 24 polls to lower house of parliament that made Bhutan the youngest democracy in the world.

Photograph: Findlay Kember/AFP/Getty Image

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