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Former PM’s resignation accepted

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Nanong-Shumar constituency will have to go to polls once more to elect a replacement

Parliament: Nanong-Shumar constituency in Pemagatshel will go without a representative in the first session of the second Parliament next month, with the National Assembly speaker accepting the resignation tendered by its elected member, former prime minister Jigmi Y Thinley.

With this, the constituency, having officially been declared “vacant”, is up for a by election to elect a National Assembly representative within 90 days from yesterday, the day the application was accepted.

While sources confirmed that People’s Democratic party would pitch its candidate Pema Wangchuk, who lost to DPT president in the general elections last month, to contest the by-election, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa is yet to decide on one.

“We’ll leave it to the people and party representatives in the constituency to decide on the nomination and not decide from here,” DPT vice-president, opposition leader Dr Pema Gyamtsho, said.

Speculation is also rife that it could be PDP’s former candidate, Jigme Dukpa, who was replaced by Pema Wangchuk for failing to make it for nomination filing during the last elections owing to a trip abroad, who might hop across to represent DPT.

Jigme Dukpa could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, DPT president’s resignation from the assembly was accepted almost 10 days after it was submitted to the general secretary, who forwarded it to the speaker soon after he got elected and assumed office.

With the law unclear on how to proceed, Speaker Jigme Zangpo said that, in order to make sure they didn’t make mistakes on day one, various provisions had to be studied.

He cited section 18 of National Assembly Act that provides for Parliament members to resign by submitting in writing to the speaker while the House is in session and to secretary general if not.

“It provides for a simple procedure concerning resignation without any proviso providing for consequences for resigning without valid reasons,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

With certain provisions indicating the speaker may refuse to accept resignation, the speaker also stated section 21 of the Act, which said a member remaining absent for more than one-fourth of the number of days in session without permission of the House will have to vacate his or her seat.

This rendered speaker’s earlier discretion of not accepting the resignation redundant.

“However, given the inadequacies in the enacted law, the right or liberty to resign can’t be denied to the applicant,” speaker Jigme Zangpo said.

However, in the process of finalising the resignation, it was also decided that the assembly, during the first session, will review the relevant provisions of the law to consider proper procedures and consequences with regard to resignation by parliament members post elections.

The House will also look into “mitigating” the “lacuna” presented by the two sections of the National Assembly Act.

In amending the provisions, Jigme Zangpo said they will make sure members-elect live up to the trust reposed on them by the electorate, prevent inconvenience to voting population, who have to participate in “avoidable” by-elections, and to ensure the exchequer was not burdened by having to incur expenses for by-elections triggered by resignations.

Meanwhile, in explaining why they took some time to come out with a decision on the resignation sought, Jigme Zangpo said, like in any practice, they kept petition period of ten days.

“Although there were no written guideline to be followed, we thought we should give some time for the former prime minister to reconsider,” he said.

At the press conference yesterday, the speaker also thanked the resigning Nanong-Shumar candidate for participating in the democratic process, for contributions made to the first Parliament, and service rendered to the nation as its first democratically elected prime minister.

“It’s unfortunate that he won’t be able to share his vast experience in governance and leadership with the second Parliament,” he said.

However, it is not known whether Jigmi Y Thinley has resigned from the party as well.

Meanwhile, a writ for an election to fill the vacancy will be issued within one month from the occurrence of vacancy, which was yesterday, and an election of a member to fill the vacancy will be held within 90 days from the date of vacancy.

By Kesang Dema

31 Comments to “Former PM’s resignation accepted”
  1. x-pose | August 18th, 2013 at 11:26:19

    Credit goes to the Military institution for favoring the PDP and the Bhutanese people know that the military personnel’s were influenced

  2. so so | August 14th, 2013 at 17:23:32


    The awards received by JYT from His Majesty K4 and K5 should tell you how much he has contributed. Do you think people are given awards for being an ordinary civil servant.

  3. Shangrila | August 14th, 2013 at 10:45:38

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    Dear Your Excellency

    The Ruling Govt. and the Speaker had heard your silent prayers and now you are relieved from the yoke of Apolitical Body’s disliking…. At this point of the time, I feel sad to see you leaving from the domain of governance but happy that your decision to resign from the politics was finally granted… I as the vivid supporter of your party do not want to see you seating behind in the Parliament.

    Your Excellency, I will never forget those legacy left behind by you in eons. It will be cherished for all times to come.. You have been idolized not only by Bhutanese but Nation outside… Your leadership proved dynamic and was wanted in international communities… Unfortunately, your Leadership wasn’t liked by our Country coz *. Thereby, the apolitical institutions and ECB itself manipulate the Outcome of the Election besides India’s hand in our National Politics.

    The time will come when our National Leaders (bureaucracy) and Political arena needs your leadership. Without you in the Parliament and the Governance I doubt how far our country would advance from here…. Another five years of your leadership would have satisfied the People of Bhutan… Now it is sad to see you bidding adieu!!!

    With deepest of gratitude and salutation, I once more would like to wish Your Excellency and Family a best of luck in your future endeavor…. Long Love Jigme Yoezer Thinley…. Long Live our Ex-PM

  4. Dragonfly | August 14th, 2013 at 05:56:05

    Can anyone tell me what extraordinarly great service JYT did for Bhutan. He was an extraordinaryly great orator and so many believed he was a great leader but what exactly did he do that left a lasting legacy for us? I think he was just an ordinary civil servant like many other except that enjoyed the royal patronage and thus the elevation.

  5. Penjo | August 14th, 2013 at 02:14:52

    hope the next leaders would be as visionary as the first PM and our K4 were.

  6. dolphice | August 13th, 2013 at 23:52:14

    Only thing his resignation should remind us is that, the trend is going to happen in future too.
    Where can this democracy going to take us?

    Pray no more of this kind.
    Bye Mr. GNH

  7. Son of Soil | August 13th, 2013 at 13:51:49

    Your Excellency, JYT, we are deeply saddened to lose a visionary leader in our Democratic History of Bhutan. You didn’t lose anything but the person of Bhutan loses a dynamic leader.
    Outwardly you are away but we will remember your Leadership and contributions, You will always remain in our heart as our eternal and secular ICON, Your love and affection that is bestowed upon the people and it’s country will be deeply cherished, Your sense of humour and personality will be always honoured with deep love and devotion. The simpleton and the amicably cooperation you brought amongst the people and the world will be highly regarded la.
    We really don’t know the logical reasons behind your resignation but we are totally hurt with the information we received through different sources. People will not remain silent and truth will be exposes when HISTORY reveals the Truth. The politicians made their way by falsifying the truth but now people are awakened and alerted with the elections result, henceforth let’s keep on watching the varieties of scenarios.
    Your Excellency, We wish you a long live and happy moment for generations.
    Love you so much our Beloved Lyonchhen.

  8. Ignorant | August 13th, 2013 at 12:46:02

    People say this and that with HIS resignation but i turn deaf ear. However, I as a trustful supporter of him from his constituency is quite disheartened with his conclusion.

  9. logical | August 13th, 2013 at 12:37:19

    So many have testified that it is loss to the nation to miss our ex-PM JYT. Who is there to take blame for the loss so inflicted? Who caused it?
    I think being too much emotional is much more loss to oneself. We were expecting to see a vibrant assembly with enlightened opposition to guide the ruling government. That is not going to happen now. We are losing the charm of vibrant democracy in absence of participation form matured politicians like ex-PM. That is loss to the nation. Should we praise any person for making this loss?

  10. so so | August 13th, 2013 at 11:46:31

    I would like to this opportunity to thank your Excellency for steering our nation to such greater heights during your tenure as the first democratically elected PM of Bhutan. After serving both King and country with so much distinction and dedication for the past 40 years,, it is sad that your send off was anything but disgraceful. The way your resignation was handled has proved to the world what type of people we Bhutanese really are, petty and very spiteful.

    But as usual the last laugh is on the people who wanted to get rid of you at all cots, at least you left on your own terms.

  11. tshogpa | August 13th, 2013 at 11:22:23

    With deep respect I would like to give His Excellency JYT , for his tireless struggle to keep all of us in peace and tranquility until today. He is the visionary leaders promoting our country with principle and values as a servant leader. He is always recognized by his high level deeds for the common people. People’s confidence and trust in him is immeasurable as he governs a country. JYT is only versatile leader of our age which we cannot forget easily even as he is away from us. With prophecy, he had left no stone unturned for the future of our country. However, due to manipulative practices had demeaned our whole electorate process this time. You may be out from the politics but never out of the mind of the common people of Bhutan. From our heart we respect you honor, May you live long JYT and our prayers are always with you.

  12. roket | August 13th, 2013 at 10:55:21

    Someone is taking thing too personally and being greedy… For money and fame

  13. hardcore | August 13th, 2013 at 10:20:32

    Great Leaders never make WRONG decisions.. so your excellency’s decision to resign is the Right One and I was only worried of your being tortured not allowing to resign for political vendetta but good sense has prevailed on them too.

    Your leadership is still required to steer this tiny to success in establishing its independence and sovereignty but unfortunately leaders failed to understand your VISION where common citizen could and hence they succeeded in throwing you out, but you not thrown away from ordinary citizen’s minds though our minds might be polluted with short term gains.

    As one of the DPT member said to me, you are great leader, visionary and patriotic but lost out to outside factors, One day people will realize the mistake we committed this time around but it will be late by then…

    SO your ex. need a very long rest, take rest and come back to serve the common people who loves you even though you are unwanted because they fear of your farsightedness….wish you have a peaceful life ahead…la…

  14. Tsheringjong | August 13th, 2013 at 10:13:37

    So far, we felt that Bhutan was like a tree laden with full of fruits. We were like monkeys on the top of the tree who sees nothing but full of fruits. Today we find ourselves at the bottom of the tree who looks up and sees nothing but full of tails. We will only hope that the tails don’t belong to mobs and traitors. But for those of us under the tree, let us be part of the solution.

  15. hejob | August 13th, 2013 at 10:00:44

    Your Execellency JYT.. You have not lost. You won by resigning. We the people lost by losing you. But we pray for your good Heath and happy family life. May God bless you sir.

  16. klsr-detonator | August 13th, 2013 at 08:58:07

    “However, given the inadequacies in the enacted law, the right or liberty to resign can’t be denied to the applicant,” speaker Jigme Zangpo said.

    Is it because of inadequacies in the enacted law or the right to resign that paved high way to Excellency, JYT to seek his personal benefit of resigning and crushing the aspiration of his people.

    Question No 1. Would he resign if he had won the election?
    Quendtion No 1: Would he have given up his presidency of DPT, therefore, prime minister ship if he had won the election?

    I think he has taken this too personally. The case has become one of the biggest failure in the history of Bhutan.

    (This is my personal opinion therefore, disclaimer attached!!!)

  17. savebhutan | August 13th, 2013 at 07:29:16

    (1) I also join the rest in wishing JYT the very best of luck. Although there are losses in his resigning we believe there are good reasons in his best judgment. Loss also includes financially as by-elections will cost a huge amount of money again.
    (2) Yes, one has certain inborn qualities. But at the same time we should not forget that what one is today is also because of our Kings, Country, Resources. At critical stages one should have been mentored, invested in, supported with, at times glorified and put on a platform of public figure. I wish I had been bestowed upon with those opportunities, resources and extrinsic motivation.
    (3) Since our Ex PM, Honourbale JYT has been a prominent proponent of GNH my only wish is he sponsors and starts a small Civil Society within Bhutan (may be known as GNH-A Humane Development Society) and practice the philosophy. Then what he has been preaching thus far will bear fruits. This will be a perfect refuge to show the Bhutanese and the world that he is the true Son-of-Bhutan as he has been decorated with a number of medals of highest honour by Their Majesties. If he starts one such charity society I also wouldn’t mind joining as volunteer.

  18. Guest78 | August 13th, 2013 at 07:03:24

    Sir JYT, now that you have resigned from politics, I wish you happy, healthy and long life. I will not forget your great service to this nation. It is not easy to make everyone happy but you were a inspirational wise leader. You will always be in our heart.

    Thank you sir!

  19. Solar | August 13th, 2013 at 06:58:14

    I would like to thank former PM JYT for your great service to the nation for the last 40 years or so. You could not make everyone happy which is not possible but you are a great wise man! Happy retired life out of politics. We will miss you.

  20. xoxo | August 13th, 2013 at 00:17:00

    JYT is a statesman par excellence and intellectual luminary of our time. Known for his extraordinary farsightedness, his contribution to this nation’s development is beyond anybody’s reach. Along with the 4th King, he has been the driving force behind most of the modern changes that we see today. He is also the first ever democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan, who brought in phenomenal domestic development and elevated Bhutan’s international standing. You have made us worthy of calling ourselves Bhutanese in this globalized world. Thank you, your Excellency. May you live a serene, peaceful and wholesome life ahead. You’ll always be in our thoughts and daily prayers.

  21. Ngawang91 | August 12th, 2013 at 22:17:52

    Let me also join with my fellow Bhutanese to bid a farewell to our former PM, new Parliamentarian-elect and the President of DPT from the future politics of our country. You did what you were to do for the country, people and of course yourself, which will be recorded in the history and remembered by our future generations. I am pretty sure; you will write a memoir by yourself like the one Lyonpo Om Pradhan did. I am sure, writing the memoir will keep you mentally in peace.

    Let the people read in depth about why a most popular leader of a country suddenly takes the decision to resign from the active politics in his/her active political life? What was the hidden truth behind the entire episode? We are just waiting curiously. And the people of this country will certainly appreciate for your great works in all the time to come in future.

  22. Kingdoom | August 12th, 2013 at 21:28:20

    Thank u your excellency, THE JYT for surfacing east frm dust to heaven. People of our generation and in next hundred years will rock across country in de way u hv served under the wings uf our god father K4… We will truly miss u..

  23. paropa | August 12th, 2013 at 21:11:13

    It is really sad to see our best and capable person for the government is quiting his services. Till now he has been Bhutan’s second pillar ( as first pillar is always K4) at all the time . I think Bhutanese general public are loosing their most trusted Prime Minister so far. Yes, there are many sweet & polish mouthed politicians but we never know their inside how they would think best both for the country and its people who are mostly innocent and poor specially in the countrysides.

    Yes, as a general feelings of most of the people, JYT has to leave politic this time at this stage due to the various reasons we all know. It is very sad and tear-dropping but we all wish Ex-PM a very healthy and peaceful life ahead. At the same time, we are fully hoping and trust that new Govt. (PDP) would lead the country in a better way and best for the innocent Bhutanese people not like the way when they were campaigning. Hope they will really be looking on to the countryside rather then going along with their main supporters &backbones.

  24. joker | August 12th, 2013 at 19:36:37

    Though the former PM’s resignation is a great loss for the nation, it must have brought much pleasure to many apolitical and also other political party leaders. Many aspiring leaders have been longing to remove him from the political platform. Even his leadership is not wanted in our country, it will be useful elsewhere.All the best to irreplaceable leader JYT.

  25. pumpkin | August 12th, 2013 at 19:05:24

    Nanong- Shumar people will miss you because
    You never hurt them
    You did for the community
    You sacrificed for them
    And you assembled the society.

    The Pemagatshelpa’s will miss you because
    You understand our well-being
    You bribed with heart
    You made the development
    And you made us great.

    The eastern people will miss you because
    You use to make the game
    Sees the deface
    Tolerate the agony
    And raise us same.

    The Bhutanese will miss you because
    You use to batter the flavor
    Detach the toxic
    Make us to devour
    And keep us healthy.

    The world will miss you because
    You formulated the lesson
    Teaches the wisdom
    And you brought the happiness.

    Excellency JYT, you are enormous
    And enormous people are those that
    Remember by everybody
    Rejoice by nation
    Pray for long live
    And stand to steer us.

  26. kuchupo | August 12th, 2013 at 18:54:28

    It is indeed very sad to hear that our former PM is not going to be there in the parliament. He may have right to be away from but the news about his resignation always brings tears in my eyes.Whatever it is as depbaap said above we will miss you greatly……… Wish you very best of luck if you have any plans ahead.

  27. DUKPAZAA | August 12th, 2013 at 16:29:29

    His E….. JYT may god bless you and we assure you will lead a peaceful life ahead with your followers prayers …… leader like you we have only one in our country the K4 and sure we will never have such a great man in our generation ….

  28. Lekso | August 12th, 2013 at 16:19:46

    I respect EX-PM’s decision to resign. You have contributed and served the country thanks for that. In return country lead by our wise Kings did not simply take away only his talent but facilitated not only him but all past Lyonpos. Because of the king’s supports they made their lives as well. SO thanks to ex lyonpos and thanks to king and former government. It is kind of, “I scratched your back and you scratched by back.”

  29. Rig Sum Pa | August 12th, 2013 at 15:27:56

    We the fellow citizen are rely saddened for losing our far sighted leader HE JYT… We realized and knew why you are resigning…

    Our prayer and wishes are always with you.

    God Bless you.

  30. depbaap | August 12th, 2013 at 14:47:05

    I pay my sincere homage and respect to our illustrious former PM. We will miss you greatly. You will always be in minds of those Bhutanese who want strong, prosperious and independent Bhutan.

    With respect and highest regards

  31. Dalim Koti | August 12th, 2013 at 14:34:09

    We must make way for the younger generations. It is really noble thought to provide opportunity to younger people which DPT should have done right in the beginning.

    This also tells that we are not impermanent; position is temporary; glory is just for few days and life is immortal.

    Let us work without tying any strings in our work

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