Bhutan

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Bhutanese Fact 1 (Apr. 29–May 5, 2007)

Bhutan has a bicameral Parliament of 72 members.  The National Council has 25 members: one representative from each district, and 5 royal appointees.  The National Assembly has 47 members, elected by direct, popular vote.  The political parties in Bhutan are the controlling Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party, and the opposition People’s Democratic Party.

Bhutanese Fact 2 (May 6–May 12, 2007)

In local elections, each family gets one vote, but in national elections, anyone over the age of 18 can vote.

Bhutanese Fact 3 (May 13–May 19, 2007)

The average Bhutanese woman has between 2 and 3 children, resulting in 20 births per 1000 people.

Bhutanese Fact 4 (May 20–May 26, 2007)

The former king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, introduced the current constitution and also, in December 2006, abdicated power to his son, current king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, in order to give him leadership experience before the institution of a democratically elected government.

Bhutanese Fact 5 (May 27–June 2, 2007)

Bhutan means “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and comes from the terrible Himalayan storms that the country is known for.