Sept 07: According to the speaker of the national assembly Jigme Tshultrim, the extraordinary sitting to pass the local government (amendment) bill will be convened on Friday, September 11.
His Majesty King Jigme Khesar issued a royal kasho (decree) on August 28, commanding both houses to convene an “extraordinary sitting of Parliament” after the parliament could not pass two urgent bills, local government and civil service, during the third session in July.
Forty-four parliamentarians voted to pass the bill, while 23 voted against its passing. The LG Bill could not pass after the joint session failed to secure two-thirds majority by a single vote.
Instead of every Dzongkhag having an elected municipality, the committee has proposed that Dzongkhags with a significantly sized town have a class ‘A’ thromde.
The parliament had “unconstitutionally” appealed to the King to convene a special session to pass the two urgent bills, according to Constitution experts.