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Jigme Singye Wangchuk

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Date of Birth: 11/11/1955

Age: 61

Nationality: Bhutan

Background

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan promised to hold in 2008 in the tiny Himalayan state of the country`s first national democratic elections, the results of which will be elected government. 50-year-old head of state addressed the 8 thousand students, peasants, monks Pastukhov Trashiyangtse in the city, about three hours drive from Thimphu - Bhutan`s capital.

He also announced his intention to three years to pass the reins to his son, Crown Prince Chhoste Penlopu, who is now 25 years old. In 2008, Bhutan will be held celebrations posvyaschennye00 anniversary of the monarchy. After the election, according to the first draft constitution the absolute power of the king in this country with a population of about 600 thousand people will be greatly limited. According to the project, the country planned to form a bicameral parliament - the National Assembly, sostoyaschuyuiz 75 people, and the National Council, which will include 25 deputies.

Under the constitution, the king would remain head of state. He took the throne in 1972. According to him, the change of the political system can be carried out only under conditions of peace, order and stability. Such conditions are now available in Bhutan.