National Assembly (Bhutan)

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Coordinates: 27°29′23.2″N 89°38′17.5″E / 27.489778°N 89.638194°E / 27.489778; 89.638194

National Assembly
གི་རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་ཚོགས་འདུ་
Gyelyong Tshogdu
Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker of the National Assembly
Jigme ZangpoPDP
since 02 August 2013
Structure
Seats 47
2013 National Assembly of Bhutan Seat Composition.svg
Political groups

Government:

  •      PDP (32)

Opposition:

  •      DPT (15)
Elections
First-past-the-post voting
Last election
31 May 2013 and 13 July 2013
Meeting place
Gyelyong Tshokhang, Thimphu
Website
Official Website of the National Assembly of Bhutan
Emblem of Bhutan.svg
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The National Assembly is the elected lower house of Bhutan's new bicameral Parliament which also comprises the Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) and the National Council. It is the more powerful house.

Current National Assembly[edit]

The current National Assembly has 47 members, who were elected in the first ever general elections on March 24, 2008. Jigme Thinley's Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) Party won a landslide victory, securing 45 seats. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) won the other two,[1] but its leader Sangay Ngedup lost the election in his constituency.[2]

Under the 2008 Constitution, the National Assembly consists of a maximum of 55 members directly elected by the citizens of constituencies within each Dzongkhag (District).[3] (Art. 12) Under this single-winner voting system, each constituency is represented by a single National Assembly member; each of the 20 Dzongkhags must be represented by between 2–7 members. Constituencies are reapportioned every 10 years.[3] (Art. 12, §§ 1–2) The National Assembly meets at least twice a year, and elects a Speaker and Deputy Speaker from among its members. Members and candidates are allowed to hold political party affiliation.

The 2013 National Assembly election resulted in a large swing to the PDP, who will hold 32 seats to the DPT's 15 when the new assembly convenes.[4]

History[edit]

The National Assembly was originally decreed in 1953 by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The National Assembly began as a unicameral parliament within the King's framework for democratization. In 1971, King Jigme Dorji empowered the National Assembly to remove him or any of his successors with a two-thirds majority. The procedure for abdication remains a part of Bhutan's Constitution of 2008, with the addition of a three-fourth majority in a joint sitting of Parliament (i.e., including the National Council) to confirm the involuntary abdication as well as a national referendum to finalize it.[3] (Art. 2)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Majumdar, Bappa (March 27, 2008). "CORRECTED: Bhutan corrects poll results, opposition shrinks". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Bhutan votes for status quo", France 24, March 24, 2008
  3. ^ a b c "Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan (English)" (PDF). Government of Bhutan. 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Bhutan's Election Commission completes polls process, hands over MP list to King". DNA India. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 

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