[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
South Asia's fledgling democracy
Bhutan PM's remarks about seeking king's guidance criticised as sign of lack of trust in government's abilities.
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2011 09:44

Jigme Thinley, the prime minister of Bhutan, has told Al Jazeera that his people will seek guidance from the country's king, who will be asked to intervene if the fledgling democracy encounters any major governing problems.

Thinley's statement has been criticised by Tshering Tobgay, an opposition leader, who says it reflects a lack of trust and confidence in the government's capabilities.

Part of the reason Bhutan's democratic system is thought to be at an experimental stage is because between 2008 and 2011, 45 seats in parliament were won by the ruling Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party, while only two went to the opposition People's Democratic Party.

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports from Chunju.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Thousands of Houthi supporters have called for the fall of Yemen's government. But what do the Houthis really want?
New ration reductions and movement restrictions have refugees from Myanmar anxious about their future in Thailand.
US lawyers say poor translations of election materials disenfranchise Native voters.
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
join our mailing list