In a significant move aimed at upholding Bhutan’s democratic values, His Majesty The King, on November 1, granted a Royal Kasho to appoint an Interim Government. This Interim Government has been tasked with carrying out the routine functions of the state during the election period. This decision, in accordance with the Constitution, is a crucial step to ensure the smooth transition and functioning of the government while preparing for free and fair elections.
The appointment of the Interim Government by The Druk Gyalpo, as specified in the Constitution, allows it to function for a period not exceeding 90 days. This temporary government structure serves as a transitional administration, facilitating the Election Commission’s efforts to conduct transparent and unbiased elections. The Chief Advisor of the Interim Government is the highly respected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Chogyal Dago Rigdzin.
In addition to the Chief Advisor, the Interim Government comprises a group of distinguished Advisors, each with expertise and experience in their respective fields. These Advisors include Dasho Penjore, the Governor of the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA); Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, the Managing Director of Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC); Dasho Karma Yezer Raydi, Chairperson of Druk Holding and Investments (DHI); Major General Dorji Rinchen, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA); Karma Hamu Dorjee, Chairperson of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC); Deki Pema, Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC); Tashi, the Auditor General of the Royal Audit Authority (RAA); and Phuntsho Rapten, an Eminent Member of the National Council.
The Interim Government, in an inaugural ceremony, had the honor of receiving an audience with His Majesty The King in the Throne Room of Tashichhodzong. This marks the formal commencement of their duties as they assume responsibility for governing the country in the interim period.
Meanwhile, as the Interim Government takes the reins, the outgoing Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers marked the dissolution of the Government earlier on November 1. This transition is an integral part of the Bhutanese democratic process, showcasing the country’s commitment to upholding its constitutional principles.
Following the inaugural ceremony, the Interim Government, along with the outgoing Prime Minister and Cabinet, gathered to offer prayers and Karmi Tongchoey at the Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong. This sacred ceremony was held to commemorate the auspicious 15th Anniversary of His Majesty’s Coronation, emphasizing the unity and reverence that Bhutanese citizens hold for their beloved King.
The appointment of the Interim Government by His Majesty The King demonstrates Bhutan’s unwavering commitment to democratic governance, ensuring the continuity of state functions while preparing for free and fair elections. It is a testament to Bhutan’s unique and cherished tradition of fostering a vibrant democracy, always guided by the principles of wisdom, compassion, and unity. This interim period is a crucial chapter in Bhutan’s democratic journey, where the collective will of the people will soon determine the nation’s future leadership.