Thursday, November 06, 2008

Bhutan crowns young king

The mountainous nation of Bhutan crowned a new king yesterday even as nation ushers in a new democratic form of government.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was crowned as constitutional monarch two years after his father abdicated the throne and abolished absolute monarchy in the country. Parliamentary elections were held last March.

Khesar is Oxford-educated and known for his dashing good looks. He is there world's youngest monarch and has been described as one of Asia's "most eligible bachelors."

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck sits in the ...
Thu Nov 6, 8:34 AM ET

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck sits in the throne room during his coronation ceremony inside Tashichhodzong Palace in Thimphu November 6, 2008. With medieval tradition and Buddhist spirituality, a 28-year-old with an Oxford education assumed the Raven Crown of Bhutan on Thursday, to guide the world's newest democracy as it emerges into the modern world.

REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (BHUTAN)

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