Bhutanese prime minister resigns

Bhutan's prime minister and six members of his Cabinet have resigned to pave the way for the first parliamentary elections in the Buddhist kingdom and its transition to democracy, the official media said Friday.

 Bhutanese prime minister resigns
Bhutan's prime minister and six members of his Cabinet have resigned to pave the way for the first parliamentary elections in the Buddhist kingdom and its transition to democracy, the official media said Friday.

The seven officials submitted their resignations to King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck on Thursday and said they would leave their posts on Aug. 6, the state-run Bhutan Broadcasting Service quoted Prime Minister Khandu Wangchuk as saying.

Bhutan has been a monarchy since 1907, but its fourth ruler — the monarch's father, Jigme Singhye Wangchuck — put the nation on the road to democracy in the late 1990s. He abdicated in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, in December 2006 to enable the new king to oversee Bhutan's transition to a democracy.

The current king will remain the head of state after the 2008 elections and will still have extensive powers. But parliament can impeach him with a two-thirds majority vote.

The nation of 700,000 people held a two-phase mock poll in April and May to familiarize voters, would-be politicians and officials with the electoral process.

The mock elections were supervised by international observers from India, Australia and the United Nations.

AP
Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2007, 11:47
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