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The Government will stay on, PM

Mar 16, 2011

There has been speculation that the government might dissolve following the Supreme Court’s verdict on the first Constitutional case concerning the government’s decision to revise the tax on the import of vehicles. Speaking to the media yesterday, the Prime Minister said that the speculations were true.

Lyonchhoen began his statement expressing regrets for having caused concerns and anxiety over the possibility of the government to resign or dissolve.

He said the verdicts of the High Court and the Supreme Court cannot be taken lightly since they found the government to have violated the sacred clauses of the constitution and the laws.

Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinely said the Supreme Court has used words such as “for having Sabotaged the Constitution”. “Sabotage is a very powerful word that is associated with deliberate attempt to do wrong. If you read the ruling of the Supreme Court, it gives one an impression that we have a government that is authoritarian. How can the country be served by a government that is willfully and intentionally violating the Constitution. What kind of a precedent would it be setting for the future governments. This is a government that received the mandate of the people to serve for five years on the basis that we will serve with integrity,” said the PM.

Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley said that the two courts have taken away the very reason for governance and the being in government.

“The Cabinet was very clear that we had lost and so we decided that we must in adherence to the verdict of the highest court of the land resign. The Finance Minister’s resignation was not accepted on the grounds that everything that has been decided by the cabinet is a collective decision. I insisted that as the head of the government and as the PM that I bear the ultimate responsibility,” said Lyonchhoen.

After three days of meeting with the cabinet, the parliamentarians and the executive members of the party, the government came to a conclusion that they must stay on and fulfill the mandates of the five years given by majority of the Bhutanese.

“The agreement was that we have not violated any agreement and any law. We respect the Supreme court’s interpretation and we believe that they have interpreted with sincerity,” said the PM. “Knowing that our departure would lead to confusion and chaos and undermine the early stages of democracy, we question whether it would be morally correct to resign,” added the PM.

The Prime Minister said that the government decided to stay on to live up to the expectations of His Majesty the King, to fulfill the mandates of the people and for the stability of the country.

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