His Majesty’s Ad­dress at the Clos­ing cer­e­mony of the 10th Ses­sion of the Sec­ond Par­lia­ment

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Iam very happy to be a part of this im­por­tant oc­ca­sion– the clos­ing of the 10th Ses­sion of the Sec­ond Par­lia­ment. I am par­tic­u­larly happy to be able to ad­dress such an au­gust gath­er­ing. The du­ties and func­tions of par­lia­ment are sa­cred, and of im­mense sig­nif­i­cance and im­por­tance.

Par­lia­men­tary dis­cus­sions, con­ducted by our es­teemed mem­bers of par­lia­ment, cover nu­mer­ous and di­verse is­sues in the in­ter­ests of the na­tion and the peo­ple. The dis­cus­sions and de­bate are not meant to set­tle in­di­vid­ual or po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences. They go far be­yond per­sonal in­ten­tions, ben­e­fits, and mo­tives.

In the process of de­bate on is­sues of grave na­tional im­por­tance, it is in­evitable that there will be dif­fer­ences of views, dis­agree­ments, and heated ex­changes. But it is through such dis­course-shar­ing of ideas and knowl­edge- that col­lec­tive wis­dom will emerge to serve the in­ter­ests of the na­tion and the peo­ple.

The par­lia­ment has the im­por­tant func­tion to en­sure ad­e­quate checks and bal­ances. In shoul­der­ing this re­spon­si­bil­ity, the mem­bers of par­lia­ment have worked dili­gently to en­sure that over­sights are cor­rected and chal­lenges are ad­dressed in a timely man­ner through par­lia­men­tary process.

The par­lia­ment is also the in­sti­tu­tion that is re­spon­si­ble for the im­por­tant task of balanc­ing present needs and fu­ture goals. In the present con­text, we must serve to the best of our abil­i­ties. For the fu­ture, the par­lia­ment must en­sure that we frame the best goals, poli­cies, and plans.

As we nav­i­gate an ever com­plex and chang­ing world, the path ahead is nei­ther clear nor easy. As we reach the cross-roads in the process of na­tion build­ing, our par­lia­ment has played an im­por­tant role in steer­ing our na­tion on a path that ful­fills our col­lec­tive as­pi­ra­tions of at­tain­ing na­tional self reliance, peace, hap­pi­ness and pros­per­ity for our peo­ple.

The man­date and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of par­lia­ment are grave. No­ble thoughts and good in­tent are not enough.

We re­quire in­tel­li­gence and skill to ful­fill such a role. Above all, we need the sin­cer­ity and ded­i­ca­tion that comes from true pa­tri­o­tism to serve the na­tion. As so­phis­ti­cated and ad­mirable as our com­pe­tency and pro­ce­dures may be, it is equally im­por­tant that we show out­come and re­sult.

With the bless­ings of our Guardian Deities, the guid­ance from His Majesty Dru­gyal Zhipa, and the com­plete sup­port of our peo­ple, we are for­tu­nate to wit­ness im­mense peace, progress and pros­per­ity ex­ceed­ing our ex­pec­ta­tions. For this, I take the op­por­tu­nity to thank the mem­bers of par­lia­ment for ful­fill­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

I con­grat­u­late the Na­tional Coun­cil for hav­ing given their best to ful­fill their re­spon­si­bil­ity of a leg­isla­tive body and a house of re­view. The Na­tional Coun­cil has greatly im­proved the stan­dard of par­lia­men­tary pro­ceed­ings, and raised the qual­ity of po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue. I have per­son­ally ob­served that the Na­tional Coun­cil has taken our na­tional dis­course far be­yond rhetoric and mere elo­quence, and con­trib­uted valu­able ideas for the long term in­ter­est of the na­tion. I would like to con­grat­u­late Thrizin Sonam Kinga for his ded­i­ca­tion in shoul­der­ing his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

I com­mend the Op­po­si­tion Leader Pema Gyamt­sho and mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion party, for ful­fill­ing their role in par­lia­ment. They have pro­vided a healthy op­po­si­tion by not just op­pos­ing and be­ing con­fronta­tional, but be­ing sup­port­ive when re­quired and pro­vid­ing the bal­ance and broader per­spec­tive on gover­nance.

I thank the gov­ern­ment for your suc­cess at home and abroad. Bhutan has achieved com­mend­able do­mes­tic so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and is a na­tion well re­spected in the global arena. I ex­press my sat­is­fac­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay who has been self­less and tire­less in serv­ing the na­tion.

Bhutan’s ex­pe­ri­ence as a par­lia­men­tary democ­racy has been short but we have achieved a stan­dard of gover­nance and po­lit­i­cal ma­tu­rity that could have taken many years. I hope and pray that that the strength­en­ing of democ­racy brings greater unity, har­mony, and pros­per­ity to our na­tion, and ful­fills the as­pi­ra­tions of our peo­ple.

On the oc­ca­sion of the con­clu­sion of the 10th Ses­sion of the Sec­ond Par­lia­ment, I would like to of­fer my Tashi Delek to the Speaker, and to all the mem­bers of par­lia­ment.

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