Authorized absence for the Foreign Minister
The Foreign Minsister Lyonpo Rinzin Dorji will be on authorized absence as the Government has been notified that the Office of Attorney General and AntiCorruption Commission have completed the investigation on alleged malpractices with regard to the renovation of Lhakhang Karpo during the tenure of the Minister of Foreign Affairs as the Dzongdag for Haa Dzongkhag. Since the investigation has been completed, the Government has advised the OAG to proceed with the case in accordance with the law of the land.
The Government has decided to grant Rinzin Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs an “Authorized Absence” to prevent controversy and conflict of interest, seeing that the OAG will be prosecuting the case on behalf of the Government.
Furthermore, the Lhengye Zhungtshog recommended that the Prime Minister take over the portfolio of Foreign Minister.
In the view of the above, the government has decided to grant an “Authorized Absence” to Rinzin Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs till the case is resolved and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ portfolio to the Prime Minister till the case is resolved