Interim govt. dissolves, new government readies for power
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.