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Prime Minister of Bhutan
Bhutan emblem.svg
Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering on December 28, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Lotay Tshering

since 7 November 2018
Style Prime Minister
(informal)
The Honourable
(formal)
His Excellency
(formal, diplomatic)
Appointer Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
as King of Bhutan
Inaugural holder Ugyen Dorji
(Chief Minister)
Jigme Palden Dorji
(Prime Minister)
Formation 1907 (Chief Minister)
1952 (Prime Minister)
Salary 37,365 USD annually

The Prime Minister of Bhutan (Lyonchhen) is the head of government of Bhutan.

Prime Ministers of the Kingdom of Bhutan

Chief Ministers (Gongzim)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party King
(Reign)
Took office Left office Days
1 Ugyen Dorji.jpg Raja
Ugyen Dorji
(1855–1916)
1907 1916
c. 3285 Independent Ugyen
Ugyen Wangchuk, 1905.jpg
(1907–1926)
2 No image.png Raja
Sonam Topgay Dorji
(1896–1953)
1917 1952 c. 12775 Independent
Jigme
Bhutan-Jigme-Wangchuck.jpg
(1926–1952)

Prime Ministers (Lyonchen)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Political party Election Cabinet King
(Reign)
Took office Left office Days
1 No image.png Jigme Palden Dorji
(1919–1964)
1952 6 April 1964
c. 4380 Independent Jigme Dorji
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (cropped).jpg
(1952–1972)
Vacant (6 April 1964–25 July 1964)
No image.png Lhendup Dorji
(1935–2007)
Acting Prime Minister
25 July 1964 27 November 1964 125 Independent
Post Abolished (27 November 1964–20 July 1998)
Jigme Singye
Jigme Singye Wangchuck 2008.jpg
(1972–2006)
2 Jigme Thinley (cropped).jpg Jigme Thinley
(1952–)
1st time
20 July 1998 9 July 1999 354 Independent
3 Sangay Ngedup 2005.jpg Sangay Ngedup
(1953–)
1st time
9 July 1999 20 July 2000 377 Independent
4 Yeshey Zimba (cropped).jpg Yeshey Zimba
(1952–)
1st time
20 July 2000 8 August 2001 384 Independent
5 Khandu Wangchuk (cropped).jpg Khandu Wangchuk
(1950–)
1st time
8 August 2001 14 August 2002 371 Independent
6 Prime Minister Kinzang Dorji of Bhutan.jpg Kinzang Dorji
(1951–)
1st time
14 August 2002 30 August 2003 381 Independent
(2) Jigme Thinley (cropped).jpg Jigme Thinley
(1952–)
2nd time
30 August 2003 18 August 2004 354 Independent
(4) Yeshey Zimba (cropped).jpg Yeshey Zimba
(1952–)
2nd time
18 August 2004 5 September 2005 383 Independent
(3) Sangay Ngedup 2005.jpg Sangay Ngedup
(1953–)
2nd time
5 September 2005 7 September 2006 367 Independent
(5) Khandu Wangchuk (cropped).jpg Khandu Wangchuk
(1950–)
2nd time
7 September 2006 31 July 2007 327 Independent
Jigme Khesar Namgyel
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (edit).jpg
(2006–present)
(6) Prime Minister Kinzang Dorji of Bhutan.jpg Kinzang Dorji
(1951–)
2nd time
31 July 2007 9 April 2008 253 Independent
Democratically elected
(2) Jigme Thinley (cropped).jpg Jigme Thinley
(1952–)
3rd time
9 April 2008 28 April 2013 1845 DPT 2008 2008 Thinley Cabinet
Sonam Tobgye (cropped).jpg Sonam Tobgye
(1949–)
Chief Advisor
28 April 2013 27 July 2013 90 Independent 2013 Tobgye Interim Cabinet
7 Tshering Tobgay.jpg Tshering Tobgay
(1965–)
27 July 2013 9 August 2018 1839 PDP 2013 2013 Tobgay Cabinet
Tshering Wangchuk (cropped).JPG Tshering Wangchuk
(19–)
Chief Advisor
9 August 2018 7 November 2018 90 Independent 2018 Wangchuk Interim Cabinet
8 Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering on December 28, 2018 (cropped).jpg Lotay Tshering
(1968–)
7 November 2018 Incumbent 840 DNT 2018 2018 Tshering Cabinet
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