Thursday, 29 May 2008

Constitution to be tabled on Thursday

28 May, 2008 - "On 17 December 1907, the whole body of the lamas, the state councillors, the chillahs of different districts, and representatives of the people met at Punakha, and unanimously elected King Ugyen Wangchuck as the hereditary king of Bhutan. All declared their allegiance to serve him and his heirs loyally and faithfully to the best of their ability.”

A historic genja was signed.

History will repeat itself, exactly one hundred years later, when the historic signing will be enacted on June 2 as per the National Assembly schedule. The signing of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan will formalise the return to the people of the powers that had been vested in the first king by our forefathers a century ago.

Meanwhile, with the discussion on the draft constitution coming to a close, the chairman of the constitution drafting committee, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, will present the rectified version of the views, comments and suggestions raised by members of parliament today.

On Thursday, the chairman will make the final presentation before the Constitution is signed. The National Assembly will go into a long recess from June 3 to June 15. However, according to a National Assembly official, the members of parliament will break into different committees and work on the six bills: National Assembly bill, National Council bill, Election bill, National Referendum bill, Public Election Fund bill, and the Parliamentary Entitlement bill.

The National Assembly will tentatively resume on June 16 and the finance minister will present the Tenth Five Year Plan to the Assembly on June 23. The concluding ceremony of the first session of the first parliament is scheduled for June 30.

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