Jigmi Y. Thinley was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan and founding President of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party. He has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs, and twice as Prime Minister when the post was held on an annual rotational basis by the Cabinet Ministers. He is a strong advocate of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness, is the chair or on the leadership of numerous boards and international organizations and has been conferred, among many awards, the Druk Wangyel Medal, which is the highest civilian decoration, by His Majesty the Fifth King of Bhutan in 2009.
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