MP Wangchuk Nam­gyel elected as Speaker, Tshen­cho Wangdi as Deputy Speaker

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MP Wangchuk Nam­gyel has a Mas­ter of Arts in His­tory from the Univer­sity of Madras in In­dia.

Sim­i­larly, the MP from the Kabisa-Ta­log con­stituency in Pu­nakha, Tshen­cho Wangdi, was elected as the Deputy Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly af­ter he se­cured 31 votes, while his op­po­nent MP Karma Wangchuk from Ch­hu­migUra con­stituency in Bumthang bagged 16 votes out of the to­tal 47 votes.

MP Tshen­cho Wangdi, 33, ear­lier worked as the Gen­eral Man­ager of a tour com­pany and as English and Dzongkha teacher at Ugyen Academy. He holds a mas­ters’ de­gree in In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions from Web­ster Univer­sity in Thai­land.

Mean­while, the Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly is elected from among the mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly through se­cret bal­lot.

The func­tions of the Speaker is to pre­side over the Na­tional As­sem­bly and en­force its rules for the or­derly con­duct of the pro­ceed­ings, pre­serve dig­nity and deco­rum in the hall and main­tain dis­ci­pline amongst the mem­bers, sign the Bills passed by the Na­tional As­sem­bly, rep­re­sent the Na­tional As­sem­bly in its re­la­tion with the Druk Gyalpo, the Ex­ec­u­tive and the Ju­di­ciary; and es­tab­lish in­ter­par­lia­men­tary re­la­tions.

The Speaker shall take Oath or Af­fir­ma­tion of Se­crecy, as pro­vided for in the Fourth Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion be­fore as­sum­ing of­fice.

When­ever the Speaker from ill­ness or other cause finds it nec­es­sary to leave the chair dur­ing any part of the sit­ting of the Na­tional As­sem­bly, the Deputy Speaker shall pre­side over such sit­tings, un­til the Speaker re­sumes the chair.

The Deputy Speaker pre­sid­ing over the sit­ting dur­ing the pe­riod of the Speaker’s ab­sence shall en­joy the same pow­ers and priv­i­leges of the Speaker. He/She shall also per­form the du­ties of the Speaker and ev­ery such act per­formed by him/her shall have the same ef­fect and va­lid­ity, as that of the Speaker.

Mean­while, the first sit­ting of the Na­tional As­sem­bly re­port­edly be­gan with the ush­er­ing of Ku-Sung-Thugten into the As­sem­bly Hall as a sym­bolic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of His Majesty the King. Af­ter the read­ing out of the Kasho from His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo, the Mem­bers put on Patang/ Gyen­tag and changed their scarfs and then took the Oath or Af­fir­ma­tion of Of­fice ad­min­is­tered by the Chief Jus­tice of Bhutan as per the Third Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the King­dom of Bhutan.

Speaker Wangchuk Nam­gyal (Left) and Deputy Speaker Tshen­cho Wangdi (Right).

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