1998 – Devolution of Power
The greatest leap in the process of devolution of power took place in June 1998 when His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck dissolved the existing cabinet and delegated executive powers to an elected Council of Ministers. The Royal Kasho issued to the 76th session of the National Assembly stated: “Our country must have a system of government, which enjoys the mandate of the people, provides clean and efficient government and has an in-built mechanism of checks and balances to safeguard our national interests and security.”
Accordingly a six-member Cabinet was voted to power by the Assembly for a term of five years. The government would be headed by the Prime Minister, a post that is rotated among the ministers after a term of one year.
The exemplary devolution of power with the initiative from the Throne is unprecedented.