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Last Updated: Monday, 24 March 2008, 17:37 GMT
In pictures: Bhutan votes

Women wait to vote

The people of Bhutan have taken part in landmark elections that will see the country move from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.

A man looks tired by the wait to vote

Turnout was estimated at nearly 80%. Long queues meant long waits.

An old woman and young woman in a voting queue

Many Bhutanese were not that interested in democracy. But the king said it was their duty to vote.

A man casts his vote with a  portrait of the king behind him

A photo of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck overlooks this voting booth.

Electronic machines were used to record the votes

Elections officials come to terms with electronic machines used to record the votes.

Badges given out to voters

Commemorative badges were given out to voters after they made their choices.

Mother and baby

The two parties contesting the poll had broadly similar policies and support the monarchy. So change is likely to be gradual.

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