About caretaker governments
Caretaker governments may be put in place when a government in a parliamentary system is defeated in a no-confidence vote; or when the house to which the government is responsible is dissolved. It then rules until an election is held and a new government is formed.
Unlike in ordinary times, the caretaker government’s activities are limited by custom and convention.
In Bangladesh, an advisor council led by the former chief judge rules the country for three months before an elected government takes over.
In systems where coalition governments are frequent, a caretaker government may be installed while negotiations to form a new coalition take place. This usually occurs either immediately after an election in which there is no clear victor or if one coalition government collapses and a new one must be negotiated.
Caretaker governments are expected to handle daily issues and prepare budgets for discussion, but are not expected to produce a government platform or introduce controversial bills.
A caretaker government is often set-up following a war until stable democratic rule can be restored, or installed, in which case it is often referred to as a provisional government.