His Majesty The King granted an audience to the members of the Interim Government yesterday on the completion of its term. In accordance with Article 19, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Interim Government has completed its term within ninety day after the dissolution of the National Assembly.

Interim government dissolves

The interim government, which was appointed on August 9, dissolved yesterday.

Speaking to the media in Thimphu, outgoing Chief Advisor of the interim government, Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk, said that the interim government had decided to resign yesterday because it was a good day to do so.

He informed that members of the interim government yesterday received an audience with the Druk Gyalpo.

According to Article 19(6) of the Constitution, Interim Government will cease to exist from the date on which the new prime minister enters office.

Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk said that the incoming government was new and that he had requested the secretaries to extend all the necessary support for smooth transition.

“Transition is never easy. This government is new. Three different political parties have got the opportunity to form a government. I feel it’s good for democracy,” he said.

He was of the view that the people of Bhutan have understood democracy. “But we must ensure that the transition is seamless and smooth.”

Also, he lauded the high voter turnout in the general election, which he said has given Bhutan a government of the majority of the people. The overall voter turnout was 71.46 percent.

  Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk speaks to the media yesterday

Chief Justice Tshering Wangchuk speaks to the media yesterday

He said it was natural that some problems arose in an election. “Political parties and politicians must disagree. There’s nothing wrong in it. 

It is the contest of ideas which must positively benefit the country and take the country forward,” he said.

He stressed it was important that the agendas of the political parties must be in conformity with the national interests and objectives.

“It’s said we cannot take politics out of politics. It’s not easy. Our democracy can be unique. It must be different. We need not imitate democracy in other parts of the world,” he said.

He said that the interim government had no power to take any policy decisions. The interim government, he said,  submitted reports on about four issues to the Druk Gyalpo.

The reports concerned issues faced by civil servants, financial thrift, procurement rules and regulations and graduates’ orientation programmes. He said that the orientation programme needed to be improved.

He also stressed on the importance of 111th National Day, which is one and a half months away. He said that preparations were underway to make the National Day celebrations good enough to inspire patriotism.

He said he was fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in the interim government and that the interim government completed its assignment without any problems.

He lauded the role of media in the election. He said that the media was an important aspect of democracy.

He said that all Bhutanese people must take pride in being Bhutanese. “We should take pride in the fact that we will be the first landlocked country to graduate from the LDC to middle income country.”

MB Subba

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