Vol. 5 Num 518 Fri. November 11, 2005  
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Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup
Prime minister, Bhutan
Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup is Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture in Bhutan. In Dzongkha word Lyonpo means "Minister".

Sangay Ngedup was born in 1953 at Nobgang village in Punakha. He is the second eldest son in a family of two brothers and five sisters. Four of his sisters are the Queens of Bhutan. He graduated from Dr Graham's Homes in Kalimpong, India, and completed his tertiary education at the St Stephen's College in New Delhi, India. In 1976 he joined the Bhutanese foreign service, and attended diplomatic courses in Australia and New Dehli.

In 1977, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup served at the permanent mission of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York and later as second (and later first) secretary in the Royal Bhutan Embassy in New Delhi. In 1989, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup was appointed as Ambassador to Kuwait.

He was transferred as the Director of Trade and Industry in 1989 and then as the joint secretary of the Planning Commission in April, 1991. He became the Director General of Health in 1992. In 1998 he became Minister of Health and Education. He is Minister of Agriculture since 2003.

He served as Prime Minister from July 9, 1999 until July 20, 2000. Since September 5, 2005 he has been appointed Prime Minister again.

Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup was awarded the Red Scarf by His Majesty the King on August 24, 1987, and the Orange Scarf on January 1, 1998. In 2002 he undertook with six other members the Move for Health Walk from Trashigang to the capital city of Thimphu covering on foot a distance of 560 km concluded successfully as scheduled. The Walk was conceived by Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup to promote the fund raising for the Bhutan Health Trust Fund, an important initiative to keep the primary health services of Bhutan free of charge.