By Karma Dupthob

Druk National Congress (DNC) held its convention at its exile office in Kathmandu. The party unanimously elected Lama Gedun Choephel as its new President. He is 56 years old and comes from Pemagatshal dzongkhag of eastern Bhutan.


Lama Gedun Choephel, DNC new President.

He had joined the party in 1994 and held the post of Vice-President in the past. He succeeds Kesang Lhendup.

In his inaugural presidential address, he said, “I extend my Tashi Delek to political parties within and outside the country. I will give continuity to good works of my predecessors who have championed equal rights to every Bhutanese irrespective of race, sex, religion or political affiliation in the democratic system of governance. I am hopeful that every Bhutanese and well-wishers will continue to extend their support to my endeavor for establishing inclusive and vibrant democracy in Bhutan”.

The election of the president was held in accordance to party’s constitution.  Pema Tenzin will continue to work as Vice President, Karma Dupthob as the General Secretary, Sangay Dorji as the Treasurer and Chewang Rixin as president of Druk National Youth Congress.

The Druk National Congress was founded on 16th June, 1994 in exile by Mr. Rongthong Kunley Dorji in the aftermath of the refugee crisis in Bhutan.

DNC supports the status of non-resident Bhutanese (NRB) to resettled refugees and repatriation of the remaining refugees (in the camps) to Bhutan with honor and dignity.