About care­taker gov­ern­ments

Lesotho Times - - News -

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.

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