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PDP lawmakers withdraw resignations

Bhutan's only two opposition lawmakers, who had quit their seats in National Assembly last week, decide to not to quit.

world Updated: Apr 03, 2008 13:02 IST

Bhutan's only two opposition lawmakers, who had quit their seats in National Assembly last week over allegations of an unfair election, have decided to withdraw their resignations saying they will play the role of a "vocal" opposition and closely scrutinise the ruling DPT.

The two elected members of Bhutan's People's Democratic Party (PDP), Tshering Tobgay and Damcho Dorji, had last week resigned from the National Assembly in protest against some "foul play" by the winning Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party in the first election of the country.

The DPT, led by former prime minister Jigmi Thinley, had swept the March 24 elections, winning 45 of the 47 seats.
"The party has convinced its two MPs to withdraw (resignations) because we'll form a small but vocal opposition in Parliament," said PDP secretary Lam Kezang.

This was decided after the party conducted a series of brainstorming and introspection meetings during the past few days here, the state media reported.

"Our role is defined by the Constitution and hence we'll be providing the check and balance to the ruling party and also support it where necessary," said Dorji, who won from Goenkhatoe-Laya constituency under Gasa district.

"We'll also see whether the ruling party is carrying out the plans and programmes that it has promised."
The PDP said it will provide "all support needed by the two candidates outside Parliament".

Dorji said the DPT will be in for close scrutiny from the opposition in Parliament. "Our main role is to make sure that DPT implements its manifesto, both at the national and the constituency levels."