DNT WEL­COMES GOV­ERN­MENT’S DE­CI­SION TO RE­MOVE FOR­EIGN MIN­IS­TER

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Any form of cor­rup­tion is an im­ped­i­ment to the na­tion’s progress, par­tic­u­larly; po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion at the high­est level of the gov­ern­ment can be detri­men­tal to the health of Bhutan’s young democ­racy. In this wake, the PDP gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to re­move the For­eign Min­is­ter who is cur­rently em­broiled in a law­suit in the on­go­ing Lhakhang Karpo case is a cor­rect move. Druk Nyam­rup-Tshogpa is con­fi­dent that such de­ci­sions will have pos­i­tive im­pact in our col­lec­tive ef­fort to root out cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

How­ever, Nyam­rup be­lieves that a de­ci­sion to this ef­fect should have been taken much ear­lier. There­fore, ques­tion that one could ask our­selves is: Why did the PDP gov­ern­ment wait for this ac­tion to be taken only af­ter the court ver­dict that cleared the For­eign Min­is­ter of cor­rup­tion? PDP presents this ac­tion on high moral ground. If morally sound, we could ask why PDP nom­i­nated him in the first place as can­di­date and then as a Min­is­ter? This con­tradic- tory de­ci­sion is a demon­stra­tion of the weak­ness of PDP’s ex­ec­u­tive and poor judg­ment of its lead­ers.

DNT be­lieves that cor­rup­tion is a se­ri­ous threat and im­ped­i­ment to our na­tion’s progress. We hope that the gov­ern­ment will now re­view sev­eral of its past de­ci­sions such as such as the con­tro­ver­sial and illegal ex­is­tence of BOIC as pointed out by the Na­tional Coun­cil and the un­fair pro­mo­tion of elec­tric cars as re­ported by ACC. These and oth­ers have dis­re­garded the rule of law and also vi­o­lated the pro­vi­sions of the sa­cred Con­sti­tu­tion. While Nyam­rup wel­comes the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion, we urge the PDP gov­ern­ment to do much more to com­bat cor­rup­tion.

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