Parliament beings in absence of PM

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Nov 21: The fourth session of the parliament begins in Thimphu on Friday in absence of the country Prime Minister. The session saw the attendance of King Jigme Khesar.

Opening the joint sitting of the parliament, speaker Jigme Tshultim pledged support to the victims of the recent disasters in the east and acting Prime Minister Yeshey Zimba applauded king’s initiatives to help the disaster victims.

Opposition Leader Tshering Tobgay said people in the east believed that the recent disaster was the result of democracy.

Speaker informed the members about the list of bills to be discussed during this session. While the ruling parties gave consensus to the agenda, Opposition Leader Tobgay didn’t support the reintroduction of the Civil Service Bill reasoning that since the Bill was deliberated last session, it required at least one year to reintroduce the Bill for redeliberation as per the law.

Minster Yeshey Zimba introduced the Standards Bill of Bhutan 2009 saying the Bill is a key element for a developing economy in setting standards and quality.

Mininister Wangdi Norbu tabled the Royal Monetary Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2009. Similarly, in absence of health minister, Minister Thakur Singh Powdyal introduced Tobacco Control Bill.

The Marriage Bill 2009 was introduced by the chairperson for women and child committee, MP Karma Lhamo from Mongar. This is the most controversial bill of the country that will replace the marriage act of 1980s.

The chairperson of the Ethics and Credential Committee, MP Choida Jamtsho, introduced the annual Anti Crruption Report 2009 which will be presented this session.

The SAARC conventional on mutual assistance in criminal matters to be ratified this session was introduced by the Foreign Minister Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering.

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