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Bhutan goes to the polls as democracy takes root

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Tashichho Dzong, Buddhist monastery and seat of the Druk Desi, the head of Bhutan's civil government
Tashichho Dzong, Buddhist monastery and seat of the Druk Desi, the head of Bhutan's civil government Christopher J. Fynn/Wikimedia Commons

Voters in Bhutan, the small mountain state in the Himalayas, go to the polls today for only the second time. The first elections ever were held in 2008, after the Buddhist monarchy gave up its absolute power. Voters will first choose members of the National Council - the non-party Upper House - on Tuesday. In the weeks to follow, the Upper House will decide which of five parties will form the next government in the National Assembly. Dasho Wandi, a close observer of the election process, explains how democracy is taking root in Bhutan.

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