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Jigme Palden Dorji

Jigme Palden Dorji
1st Prime Minister of Bhutan
In office
1952 – 6 April 1964
Monarch Jigme Dorji
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Jigme Thinley
Personal details
Born 1919
Died 6 April 1964
Political party Independent

Jigme Palden Dorji (1919 – 6 April 1964)[1] was a Bhutanese politician and member of the Dorji family. By marriage, he was also a member of the House of Wangchuck.[2]

The brother-in-law of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Dorji was close to his kinsman and accompanied the future king when he lived in the United Kingdom in 1950.[3]

Appointed Chief minister (Gongzim) in 1952, he became the first man to hold the title Prime Minister of Bhutan (Lonchen).[4] This followed the upgrading of the old position in 1958 as part of a wider series of reforms by Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.[5] As brother-in-law of the Dragon King of Bhutan Dorji helped to drive the king's modernisation polices. However his reforms antagonised both the military and the religious institutions leading to a corporal in the army assassinating him in April 1964. Namgyal Bahadur, head of the Royal Bhutan Army, was amongst those executed for the murder plot.[5]

References

  1. ^ Lindsay Brown, Bradley Mayhew, Stan Armington, Richard Whitecross, Bhutan, 2007, p. 40
  2. ^ BHUTAN (Kingdom)
  3. ^ Grooming of the Father of Modern Bhutan
  4. ^ Bhutan
  5. ^ a b Modernization under Jigme Dorji, 1952-72
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