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Jigme Thinley

Lyonchen Jigme Yoser Thinley (Dzongkha: འཇིགས་མེད་འོད་ཟེར་འཕྲིན་ལས་; Wylie: 'Jigs-med 'Od-zer 'Phrin-las) (born 9 September 1952)[20] was the Prime Minister of Bhutan from April 2008 to July 2013.[20][21] "Lyonchen" is a title, meaning "prime minister".[22]


Thinley was born in Geneva.[20]

Prior to the beginning of democracy, he was Prime Minister twice, from July 20, 1998, to July 9, 1999, and from August 30, 2003, to August 20, 2004. During this period, chairmanship of the council was based on rotation once per year, with the order of rotation decided by the number of votes secured during the time of election to the council. Jigme was also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan from 1998 until 2003 and subsequently served as Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs.

On June 2, 1999, Thinley was awarded the Druk Thuksey and Coronation medals.[20] On December 17, 2008, Thinley was awarded the Druk Wangyal medal - one of the highest medals of honor - for excellence in carrying out his duties.[25]

In March 2008, he stood as leader of the political party Druk Phuensum Tshogpa in Bhutan's first democratic election. His party won 45 of the 47 seats in the National Assembly of Bhutan, which enabled Jigme Thinley to become Bhutan's first ever elected Prime Minister. He took office on April 9.[20][21]

Thinley blamed the global economic crisis of 2008–2009 on "insatiable human greed" and stressed the need to instead focus on the Bhutanese notion of gross national happiness. His government works to base its policies on gross national happiness rather than purely economic considerations.[26]

In July 2009, Thinley became a member of the SNV

Political offices
Preceded by
Lhendup Dorji
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Sangay Ngedup
Preceded by
Dawa Tsering
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Khandu Wangchuk
Preceded by
Kinzang Dorji
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Yeshey Zimba
Prime Minister of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Tshering Tobgay
  • (63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly)

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On February 3, 2014, Thinley received an honorary degree from Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium[28] along with Lawrence Lessig and Denis Mukwege.


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