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Mounting Indian debts hang over Bhutan election

Parties in runoff split on whether to accelerate dam development

The Buddha Dordenma statue in Bhutan's capital Thimphu. Hydropower exports to India have been the primary driver of Bhutan's rapid economic growth in recent years.   © Reuters

THIMPHU -- Bhutan will vote for a new government on Oct. 18, with one of the main election issue centering on the economic benefits and challenges that the small Himalayan nation would face over the construction of dams intended to supply electricity to its much bigger neighbor India.

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