In­terim govt. dis­solves, new gov­ern­ment read­ies for power

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Af­ter the dis­so­lu­tion of the Na­tional Assem­bly, the in­terim gov­ern­ment has com­pleted its term of 90 days on 30 Oc­to­ber. It has de­cided to re­sign on an aus­pi­cious day on 29 Oc­to­ber.

That was in­formed by the out­go­ing Chief Ad­vi­sor of the in­terim gov­ern­ment, Chief Jus­tice Tsh­er­ing Wangchuk at the press con­fer­ence in Thim­phu.

The move is in ac­cor­dance with the Ar­ti­cle 19 ( 6) of the Con­sti­tu­tion, In­terim Gov­ern­ment shall cease to ex­ist from the date on which the new prime min­is­ter en­ters of­fice when the new Na­tional Assem­bly is con­tin­ued.

Upon re­ceiv­ing the Kasho from His Majesty the King, Dr Lo­tay Tsh­er­ing has sworn in as the Prime Min­is­ter on 29 Oc­to­ber. How­ever, the new gov­ern­ment was un­able to take over as it is still in the pe­ti­tion pe­riod which ends on 6 Novem­ber.

Chief Jus­tice Tsh­er­ing Wangchuk ex­pressed his con­fi­dence that the civil ser­vants will serve the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment with ded­i­ca­tion. He said, “Who­ever comes to the power, the civil ser­vants will fully sup­port the gov­ern­ment.”

He said that he had re­quested the gov­ern­ment sec­re­taries to ex­tend all the nec­es­sary sup­port for smooth tran­si­tion to the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment. He said, “Tran­si­tion is never easy. This gov­ern­ment is new and there­fore, I feel it's good for democ­racy.”

Chief Jus­tice said that the in­terim gov­ern­ment had no rights in any pol­icy de­ci­sions. How­ever, he said, the re­ports of con­cerned is­sues faced by civil ser­vants in the 10 years of demo­cratic process, fi­nan­cial thrift, pro­cure­ment rules and reg­u­la­tions, and the grad­u­ate's ori­en­ta­tion pro­grams which needs to be im­proved was sub­mit­ted to His Majesty the King.

He also said that the peo­ple had cho­sen a dif­fer­ent party to rule at each elec­tion since the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion in 2008. He said, “Our democ­racy can be unique. It must be dif­fer­ent. We need not im­i­tate to any democ­racy in other parts of the world.”

Chief Jus­tice said it was nat­u­ral that there were some dis­putes in an elec­tion pe­riod. “Po­lit­i­cal par­ties and politi­cian must dis­agree. There is noth­ing wrong in it,” he said, adding it is a con­trast of ideas which must pos­i­tively ben­e­fit the coun­try for­ward.

He also high­lighted that the ma­jor voter turnout at 71.46 per­cent in the re­cent gen­eral elec­tion shows the peo­ple have un­der­stood democ­racy. He said, “Ev­ery­where else in the world voter turnout is drop­ping.”

At the press con­fer­ence of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa in Thim­phu, the spokesper­son and min­is­ter- elect, Dr Tandi Dorji of­fi­cially thank the in­terim gov­ern­ment for smooth tran­si­tion in the last three months. He said, “The chief advi- sor's rec­om­men­da­tions and re­quest to all the sec­re­taries to work with the gov­ern­ment is very well taken.”

Dr. Tandi Dorji said the PM- elect has also asked to con­vey that the new gov­ern­ment would seek the in­terim gov­ern­ment's sug­ges­tions and carry for­ward the is­sues raised based on their ex­pe­ri­ence. He said, “We are very much in­ter­ested to look at those re­ports, and also to con­sult them to see how we can im­prove things,”

To make it legally pos­si­ble and also to work within the rules and pro­ce­dures that have been set out, Dr Tandi Dorji said this year has been lit­tle dif­fer­ent from the past. “The full gov­ern­ment can­not take place till the pe­ti­tion pe­riod is over.”

His Majesty The King granted an Au­di­ence to the in­terim gov­ern­ment on the com­ple­tion of its term last Mon­day. In ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 1 Ar­ti­cle 19 of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of Bhutan, the in­terim gov­ern­ment has com­pleted its term within ninety day af­ter the dis­so­lu­tion of the Na­tional Assem­bly.

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