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Bhutan opposition wins parliamentary elections

Published: 13th July 2013 08:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2013 08:52 PM   |  A+A-

Bhutan's main opposition People's Democratic Party has won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections and will take over power in the tiny Himalayan nation.

The official website of Bhutan's Election Commission says the PDP won 32 seats in the 47-member national assembly in Saturday's voting. The ruling Peace and Prosperity Party won only 15 seats.

Chief Election Commissioner Kunzang Wangdi said official results would be announced on Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of people went to the polls to elect a government in Bhutan's second parliamentary elections. The remote nation of about 738,000 held its first election in 2008 after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy's role in running the country.

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