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PDP prepares for a comeback

Oct 30, 2011

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will be contesting the 2013 elections.

The opposition leader Tshering Tobgay who is also the party’s interim president confirmed that the PDP is in the process of looking for a new leader.

His announcement comes in the wake of news reports that two new political parties are in the offing.

One of the parties is in an advanced stage of formation with the founding members already debating and brainstorming the party logo and charter.

The second one is in the early stages of taking shape.

This means there will be at least four parties contesting the 2013 elections and the people will be able to hold both the primary and general rounds. The primary round will be contested by all the parties. Only two parties will go the general round which will elect the governing and opposition parties.

The historic 2008 elections did not have the primary round because there were only two parties, the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa and the People’s Democratic Party.

The opposition leader said PDP has a moral obligation to contest the next elections.

“Unfortunately we are just two in the opposition, we are focusing a lot more on fulfilling our responsibilities as an opposition party discharging effective constitutional duty rather than working on the strengthening the PDP.”

He said except for a few, most of the former PDP members will be available for the next election.

About 33 percent of the people voted for PDP in 2008.

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