Bhutan’s Election Commission on 14 July 2013 formally announced that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won the National Assembly elections by having secured a majority of thirty two seats. The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) won fifteen seats and was elected as the opposition party. Over 66 per cent turnout was recorded in the elections. The foremost election issues were rising fuel prices and credit crunch.
The second parliamentary elections saw a keen voter turnout. While nineteen international media personnel from India, Netherlands, South Korea covered the elections while 279 media personnel from Bhutan cover the Second Parliamentary Elections this year.
In 2008, the DPT had won the election by a landslide and won the first round of this year's polls with 45 percent of the vote. Bhutan's king had given up the monarchy's centuries-old absolute power in 2008 and allowed the introduction of democracy to the Himalayan kingdom.
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