Bhutan

National Council

Political system
Monarchy
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Chi Tshog (Parliament)
Chamber name
Gyelyong Tshogde (National Council)
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2013
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title
Chairperson of the National Council
Speaker
Sangay Dorji (Male)
Date of birth: 11 Nov 1981
Term
10 May 2023
Additional information

Elected on 10 May 2023.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Interim Secretary General
Secretary General
Tenzin Thinley (Male)
Term
01 Nov 2022
Notes

Appointed on 1 Nov. 2022.

Members

Statutory number of members
25

Notes: Appointed members: appointed by the King.

Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected
Directly elected members
20
Appointed members
5
Current number of members
25
Men
22
Women
3
Percentage of women
12.0%
Statutory number of members per country 
72
Population (in thousands)
Click for historical data
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
10,792

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
43.7
(2023-05)
Youngest member
Jamyang Namgyal (Male)
Youngest member (years)
33
Oldest member
Ugyen Tshering (Male)
Oldest member (years)
53
Number of members, by age (2023-05)
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male 0 0 5 11 5 1 0 0 0 0 22
Female 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Totals per age interval 0 0 6 11 6 2 0 0 0 0 25
Total <= 45: 17 Total >= 46: 8
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
24.0% 20% 4.0%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
68.0% 64% 4.0%

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution
No information available

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No