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Jigmi Thinley all set to become Bhutan PM

Jigmi Y Thinley is all set to become Bhutan's first elected prime minister after the members of his party that emerged victorious endorsed his nomination.

world Updated: Apr 07, 2008 03:45 IST

Jigmi Y Thinley, a former premier who served under the monarch, is all set to become Bhutan's first elected prime minister after the members of his party that emerged victorious in the country's maiden democratic elections endorsed his nomination.

A total of 150 Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) members and key supporters unanimously endorsed his nomination at a party meeting in Thimphu, the state media reported.

The party's executive committee, which comprises 20 district coordinators and candidates of the 47 constituencies, also discussed and endorsed the new government's cabinet.

Twelve nominations were endorsed to fill the posts of 10 ministers, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

The 56-year-old Thinley said the list of nominations will be submitted to the King this week.

Asserting that corruption will not be tolerated at any level, he said the DPT and its members "would have to set an example and anyone found corrupt would be taken to task".

He said the government will adopt the draft Constitution and structure the draft 10th Plan.

Thinley also said his government would work to strengthen the media and give it as much access as possible.

Thinley, a former premier under the King, spearheaded his party to a landslide victory in the March 24 polls. The DPT won all but two of the country's 47 parliamentary seats.