List of political parties in Bhutan
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In Bhutan, political parties need to be registered with Election Commission to contest National Assembly elections. Political parties can only contest National Assembly elections, since being an independent is a requirement for contesting National Council and local government elections.
Besides the official registered parties that came came into existence after the democratisation of Bhutan, many Bhutanese parties have been operating in exile since the 1990s. Most of these parties are run by exiled people from the Lhotshampa community from the refugee camps in Nepal.
|People's Democratic Party (PDP)||1 September 2007||0|
|Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT)||2 October 2007||17 (36.17%)|
|Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP)||2013||0|
|Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT)||2013||30 (63.83%)|
Other political parties
The following parties are all based in exile.
- Bhutan Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist)
- Bhutan Democratic Socialist Party
- Bhutan Gorkha National Liberation Front
- Bhutan National Congress
- Bhutan National Democratic Party
- Bhutan National Party
- Bhutan Peoples' Party
- Bhutan Tiger Force (Armed wing of the Bhutan Communist Party)
- Bhutanese Movement Steering Committee
- Druk National Congress
On August 26, 2010, Bhutanese political parties in exile formed an umbrella group to pursue a "unified democratic movement led by Rongthong Kunley Dorji, President of the Druk National Congress. The group's offices opened in Kathmandu in November 2010, and it seems to receive some measure of support from the Nepalese government.
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