President Mahinda Rajapaksa has praised Bhutan’s second ever parliamentary elections held recently in messages to the President of the People’s Democratic Party Mr. Tshering Tobgay, who is set to become the new prime minister, and the outgoing Prime Minister Mr. Jigmi Thinley.
“The successful conduct of the second successive election in the Kingdom of Bhutan is a tribute to the people of your country as well as the Head of State, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk,” President Rajapaksa wrote in his message to Mr. Tobgay.
The President spoke about existing strong ties between the two countries and his wish of further strengthening those bonds under the new administration. In his message to Mr. Thinley, President Rajapaksa remembered the former prime minister’s visits to Sri Lanka, including on the occasion of the President’s second presidential inauguration ceremony.
“You had the honour of holding the post of the first Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan following democratic elections, and under your stewardship, relations between Sri Lanka and Bhutan made impressive strides,” Preside Rajapaksa wrote to Prime Minister Mr. Thinley.
Mr. Thinley was the first ever democratically-elected prime minister of the Asian nation. He had also served in the same office twice before in 1998 and 2003. He will take over as the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly of Bhutan.