Shangri-la Votes

Jigme Singye Wangchuk With democracy nonexistent or in turmoil in four of its larger neighbors – Pakistan, Burma, Bangladesh and Nepal – Bhutan is spending the last day of 2007 embarking on the path to democracy. Its first democratic election, taking place Dec. 31, has been bequeathed by its Dragon King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who has voluntarily made himself the last in a line of hereditary absolute rulers.

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