House session postponed, MPs visit to Denmark (Politics)

Published on Oct 23 2008 // Main News

Thimphu, October 23: The winter session of the first elected parliament scheduled to start from November 12 has been postponed indefinitely due to hectic schedules of the coronation celebrations.

Though the government said, the celebrations would end on November 8, the postponement of the house deliberation is an indication of additional functions to celebrate coronation and centenary of monarchy.

General practice worldwide is that winter session of the parliament is consumed with deliberation of legislations and finalizing laws.

The second session of Parliament, which was scheduled to commence on November 12, has been postponed until further notice.

In the mean time, 12-member delegation led by the Speaker Jigme Tshultim has reached Denmark for a five day parliamentary study.

The delegation includes members of different committees of the National Assembly. The study program is being organized by Folketing, Danish Parliament as a part of Parliamentary Twinning Program (PTP) between the National Assembly and the Foketing.

The delegation will be introduced to the Danish “model” for democracy, the three independent pillars of democracy and press.
The delegation will also be exposed to the various legislative processes including the working of the various committees of the parliament and the Parliamentarians control and scrutiny of public accounts and government of the Finance Committee.

Speaker Tshultim is scheduled to hold separate meetings with President of Foketing and third Vice President of the Social People’s Party. 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Assembly of Bhutan and the Folketing, Parliament of Denmark was signed in July 2006 for a 3 year Parliamentary Twinning Program. The program is being funded by DANIDA. Bhutan News Service