With elections looming, Bhutan – one of the youngest democracies in the world – is struggling to stabilise its government and political system. If the political climate does not change swiftly in the coming years, it’s dictated democracy will be slow to mature.
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Amit Baruah is the South Asia Studies Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. He is an award winning journalist who has lived and reported from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Singapore. He is the author of Dateline Read more
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