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Jigme Yoser Thinley is the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan

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BirthdaySeptember 9, 1952
NationalityBhutanese
FamousFormer Prime Minister of Nepal, Pennsylvania State University, Leaders, Political Leaders, Prime Ministers
Known asLyonchen Jigme Yoser Thinley, Jigme Yoser Thinley
Universities
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
Notable Alumnis
  • Pennsylvania State University
Birth PlaceBumthang, Bhutan
ReligionVajrayana
GenderMale
Sun SignVirgo
Born inBumthang, Bhutan
Famous asFormer Prime Minister of Nepal

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Who is Jigme Thinley?

Jigme Yoser Thinley is the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan. He held the office from April 2008 to April 2013. Prior to the beginning of democracy in Nepal, he served as Prime Minister twice, from July 20, 1998, to July 9, 1999, and from August 30, 2003, to August 20, 2004. Prior to his political career he was engaged with the Royal Government of Bhutan for over three decades as a civil servant holding various senior positions including that in the ‘Department of Home Affairs’. He remained administrator of the Eastern Zone and also served as secretary in the ‘Ministry of Home Affairs’. He held several significant political positions before becoming the Lyonchen. He was inducted as the ‘Deputy Minister of Home Affairs’ and thereafter served as ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs’ and ‘Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs’. He was ‘Permanent Representative’ of Bhutan to the ‘United Nations’ office and also in other international organisations in Geneva. He is the recipient of the Red Scarf and the Orange Scarf and was also conferred with the title of ‘Dasho’.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on September 9, 1952, in Chhokhor valley in the district of Bumthang, as a descendent of an influential family of Bhutan who were closely associated with the royals and served the monarchy since its inception.

His father served the Royal Secretariat as an official and relocated to Thimphu after the third King decided to shift Bhutan’s capital from Punakha to Thimphu.

Though his primary education started in Bhutanese language, later in Dechenchholing he studied in Hindi and English.

He studied in ‘Dr Graham’s Homes’ in Kalimpong, India, after his father secured him a government scholarship. He displayed great leadership skills since his school days. In his final year in school, he emerged as School Captain and was also elected as President of Youth Club of the school, in its very first election.

He also participated in sports and other extra-curricular activities during his school days. During his final year in school, he became the leader of its athletic squad at the ‘Darjeeling District Interschool Games’ and earned the ‘All Round Best Boy Award’.

His reputation as a capable student later earned him a membership at ‘Board of Management’ of the school, a position he held till his induction as Ambassador to the ‘United Nations’ in New York.

After school, he studied in Delhi, India, in the ‘St. Stephen’s College’ from where he completed his graduation in 1974.

He attended the coronation ceremony of Jigme Singye, the fourth King of Bhutan and it is here that his close association with’ The Majesty’ began that remained throughout the rule of the fourth King.

It was ‘His Majesty’ who commanded appointment of Thinley into the civil service, especially to look after the palace affairs.

Upon proposition of His Majesty Jigme Singye in early 1975 and sponsorship by the Bhutan government, Thinley went to the United States for further studies. He attended the ‘Pennsylvania State University’ and obtained his post graduation degree, an MA in Public Administration.

He also studied at the ‘Manchester University’ in England and received a certificate in manpower planning and management.

Career

In 1976 he started his career in civil service in Bhutan and although the first few years were not so fruitful, the 1980s saw him rising up the career rung by leaps and bounds.

He was conferred the title of ‘Dasho’ and also awarded the ‘Red Scarf’ in February 1987.

He was made the Eastern Zone administrator in 1990.

In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of secretary in the ‘Ministry of Home Affairs’.

Thereafter in January 1994 he was inducted as ‘Deputy Minister of Home Affairs’. The same year he received the ‘Orange Scarf’ and towards the year end he was inducted as ‘Permanent Representative’ of Bhutan to the ‘United Nations’ office and also in other international organisations in Geneva.

On July 20, 1998, during the pre-democratic period, he became the Prime Minister of Bhutan for a one-year term holding office till July 9, 1999. The council’s chairmanship was based on yearly rotation and decision of order of rotation was made based on count of votes obtained during election to the council.

From 1998 to 2003, he served as ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs’ of Bhutan and thereafter as ‘Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs’.

He received the ‘Druk Thuksey’, which implies ‘Son of the Heart of the Thunder Dragon’ from the King of Bhutan on June 2, 1999. This Royal Order of Bhutan was awarded to him in recognition of his contributions in the development of Bhutan.

Again from August 30, 2003 to August 20, 2004, he held the position of Prime Minister for a second one-year term prior to the democratic transformation of Bhutan.

The first democratic election of Bhutan held in March 2008 saw him leading the ‘Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’ party which eventually won 45 seats out of 47 in Bhutan’s ‘National Assembly. This paved his way to become the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan and he took charge of office on April 9 that year. He held the position till April 28, 2013.

He represents the constituency of Nanong Shumar, a place in Eastern Bhutan’s Pemagatsel.

He laid focus on ‘Gross National Happiness’, thus policies and programs of his government including agriculture, foreign trade and transportation were based on such notion instead sheer economic factors. The motto was not to judge the programs by the economic benefits but by the happiness attained thus strengthening the policy of the Fourth King Jigme Singye, which focus more on maximizing ‘Gross National Happiness’ instead of ‘Gross National Product’.

His government also enforced the tenth five-year plan of Bhutan.

On December 17, 2008, he was conferred with the ‘Druk Wangyal’ medal, the ‘Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon’ which is bestowed to recognise excellent dedication, commitment and loyalty and is considered as one of the highest civilian honours of the country.

Thinley became a member of the ‘International Advisory Board’ of ‘Netherlands Development Organisation’ in July 2009 and aided in the organisation’s endeavour in reduction of poverty and continual work on development by contributions from his personal experiences.

Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium conferred him with an honorary degree on February 3, 2014.

He has attended various seminars, conferences and meetings including addressing the ‘United Nations General assembly’ several times. He has given speeches in international meetings including in ‘SAARC’, the ‘Non-Aligned Movement’ and the ‘BIMSTEC’ in the capacity of Bhutan’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Rinsy Dem and their son Palden Thinley is married to one of the princesses of the palace of Bhutan.

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Jigme Thinley biography timelines

  • // 9th Sep 1952
    He was born on September 9, 1952, in Chhokhor valley in the district of Bumthang, as a descendent of an influential family of Bhutan who were closely associated with the royals and served the monarchy since its inception.
  • // 1974
    After school, he studied in Delhi, India, in the ‘St. Stephen’s College’ from where he completed his graduation in 1974.
  • // 1975
    Upon proposition of His Majesty Jigme Singye in early 1975 and sponsorship by the Bhutan government, Thinley went to the United States for further studies. He attended the ‘Pennsylvania State University’ and obtained his post graduation degree, an MA in Public Administration.
  • // 1976
    In 1976 he started his career in civil service in Bhutan and although the first few years were not so fruitful, the 1980s saw him rising up the career rung by leaps and bounds.
  • // Feb 1987
    He was conferred the title of ‘Dasho’ and also awarded the ‘Red Scarf’ in February 1987.
  • // 1990
    He was made the Eastern Zone administrator in 1990.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of secretary in the ‘Ministry of Home Affairs’.
  • // Jan 1994
    Thereafter in January 1994 he was inducted as ‘Deputy Minister of Home Affairs’. The same year he received the ‘Orange Scarf’ and towards the year end he was inducted as ‘Permanent Representative’ of Bhutan to the ‘United Nations’ office and also in other international organisations in Geneva.
  • // 1998 To 2003
    From 1998 to 2003, he served as ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs’ of Bhutan and thereafter as ‘Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs’.
  • // 20th Jul 1998 To 9th Jul 1999
    On July 20, 1998, during the pre-democratic period, he became the Prime Minister of Bhutan for a one-year term holding office till July 9, 1999. The council’s chairmanship was based on yearly rotation and decision of order of rotation was made based on count of votes obtained during election to the council.
  • // 2nd Jun 1999
    He received the ‘Druk Thuksey’, which implies ‘Son of the Heart of the Thunder Dragon’ from the King of Bhutan on June 2, 1999. This Royal Order of Bhutan was awarded to him in recognition of his contributions in the development of Bhutan.
  • // 30th Aug 2003 To 20th Aug 2004
    Again from August 30, 2003 to August 20, 2004, he held the position of Prime Minister for a second one-year term prior to the democratic transformation of Bhutan.
  • // Mar 2008 To 28th Apr 2013
    The first democratic election of Bhutan held in March 2008 saw him leading the ‘Druk Phuensum Tshogpa’ party which eventually won 45 seats out of 47 in Bhutan’s ‘National Assembly. This paved his way to become the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan and he took charge of office on April 9 that year. He held the position till April 28, 2013.
  • // 17th Dec 2008
    On December 17, 2008, he was conferred with the ‘Druk Wangyal’ medal, the ‘Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon’ which is bestowed to recognise excellent dedication, commitment and loyalty and is considered as one of the highest civilian honours of the country.
  • // Jul 2009
    Thinley became a member of the ‘International Advisory Board’ of ‘Netherlands Development Organisation’ in July 2009 and aided in the organisation’s endeavour in reduction of poverty and continual work on development by contributions from his personal experiences.
  • // 3rd Feb 2014
    Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium conferred him with an honorary degree on February 3, 2014.

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