Debate on elected leaders’ resignation continues

The resignation of Opposition Leader (OL) Dr (Phd) Pema Gyamtsho has once again generated much discourse on whether elected leaders or representatives can be allowed to leave easily by tendering their resignation in absence of clear legislation. MPs have a history of abandoning their seats and the OL resigning is not a new trend. In […]

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OL remains tight-lipped about resignation

Speculations are rife that he will submit his resignation in mid-August With the recent news of Opposition Leader Dr (Phd) Pema Gyamtsho being selected as the Director General of International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an international organization based in Nepal, questions about his resignation and a bye-election have been afloat for some time […]

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Party members in quandary over OL’s move to resign

Party members of the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) are perplexed over the Opposition Leader’s move to resign and join as the Director General of International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an international organization, as they had not seen it coming. Talking to Business Bhutan, General Secretary of DPT, Sangay Phurba, said that although there […]

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DNT defers appointment of new party president

The decision to appoint the new party president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) has been deferred for now, according to party’s general secretary Phurba. He said the party has not decided whether to elect the president and even not decided whom to be appointed. “We deferred the appointment of party president,” he said. According to […]

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We are yet to see bold Initiatives, says Opposition Party

While the Opposition Party congratulated the government on completing its first year in office and expressed interest to work together for the cause of the people and the country, it, however, maintained that the government has not undertaken any bold initiative in the past one year. “On the whole, we are yet to see bold […]

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TSMs recommended to promote women participation in politics

To encourage increased women participation in politics, many recommend that temporary special measures (TSMs) be put into place. This formed a core theme of discussion during the Bhutan Women Parliamentary Caucus orientation workshop conducted by Bhutan Network for Empowering Women (BNEW) and National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) from November 5 to 8. In […]

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Top politicians struggling with past baggage

All three political parties – Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Druk Nyamdrup Tshogpa (DNT) have issued party tickets to candidates who had cases pending in the court of law before election When the Thimphu dzongkhag court’s criminal bench I convicted Home Minister Sherub Gyeltshen to two months in prison for claiming […]

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PDP issues 11-point suggestion on pay revision

Government not having followed parliamentary procedures by tabling the Pay Commission recommendations to the Parliament as a Money Bill among PDP’s 11-point suggestion As the government has presently tabled the Pay Revision Bill of Bhutan 2019 in the National Assembly, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has come out with their 11-point alternative views and comments […]

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A new political party on the scene

A new political party is in the offing. Though it could not register for the 2018 parliamentary elections, a former civil servant, JigmeDukpa from Lhuentse, and other core founding members are collectively coordinating their efforts to breathe life into their party again. Called the DrukKuenphenTshogpa (DKT), JigmeDukpa is the interim president and its founding member. […]

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