It will function to ensure the election commission may conduct a free and fair election
Seven advisors, including the chief justice of Bhutan as the chief advisor, will join office at 11:30am today to function as the interim government, with the elected cabinet formally resigning and handing over the reigns of government earlier in the morning.
The interim government, which will function from the prime minister’s office, will stay in office for a period not exceeding 90 days, to enable the election commission to hold a free and fair National Assembly elections.
According to the Constitution, upon the appointment of the interim government, the prime minister and ministers, who were in office, will have to resign immediately from office to prepare for the upcoming elections.
Yesterday, His Majesty the King summoned the Chief Justice and six other distinguished persons, and appointed an interim government in preparation for the national assembly elections.
In accordance with the Constitution, His Majesty, through a decree (see kasho on page 12), appointed the Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, as the chief advisor of the interim government. The other advisors are Druk Holding and Investments chairman and former minister Om Pradhan; vice chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan, Dasho Pema Thinley; director general of Centre for Bhutan Studies, Dasho Karma Ura; chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Dasho Neten Zangmo; managing director of Druk Green Power corporation, Dasho Chewang Rinzin; and managing director of Bhutan Broadcasting Service, Thinley Dorji.
“You’ve been chosen to take on this immense responsibility during the election period, so that we can have free and fair elections,” His Majesty said to the advisors. “I hope and pray that you shall be of great service to the nation at this time.”
The royal decree directs the interim government to carry out the routine functions of the government, and will cease to exist, when the new prime minister enters office after the new national assembly has been constituted.
Chief advisor Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye told Kuensel last evening that, as specified in the Constitution, the interim government will carry out only the routine functions of the government, and cannot take any policy decisions, or enter into any agreement with foreign governments or organisations.
“From today the interim government and election commission will also take responsibility to ensure free and fair elections during the second parliamentary elections,” Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye said.
By Rinzin Wangchuk