Monday, 7 April 2008

DPT endorses Jigmi Y Thinley as Prime Minister

5 April, 2008 - A total of 150 Druk Phuensum Tshogpa members and key supporters unanimously endorsed the nomination of the party president, Jigmi Y Thinley, as the Prime Minister of the newly elected DPT government, at a party meeting today in Thimphu.

The Prime Minister elect outlined the party’s immediate plans, which is adopting the draft Constitution and structuring the draft 10th Plan to the party’s manifesto.

Jigmi Thinley said that corruption will not be tolerated at any level and this will begin from within the party. The party and the candidates would have to set an example and anyone found corrupt would be taken to task.

The PM elect also said that government would work to strengthen the media and give it as much access as possible. He said that the media had an important role to play but it must act responsibly and report the truth.

The party’s executive committee, which comprises the 20 dzongkhag coordinators and candidates of the 47 constituencies, also discussed and endorsed, behind closed doors, the new government’s cabinet profile. Twelve nominations were endorsed to fill the posts of 10 ministers, the Speaker and the deputy Speaker.

The list of nominations will be submitted to His Majesty the King this week.

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