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Bhutan

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National Assembly

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theNational Council

Oversight

Data on parliament’s oversight role and activities

Oversight tools

Parliament has the power to summon members of the government
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
National Assembly Act; Rules of Procedure
Parliament has the power to summon senior government officials
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
National Assembly Act; Rules of Procedure
Parliament has the power to approve key government appointments Key government appointments include, for example, ambassadors or the head of the central bank.
No
Parliament has power to carry out inquiries
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
National Assembly Act, National Council Act

Head of State and/or Government

Head of State and/or Government
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of Government Some parliaments elect the Head of Government or approve the nomination for the Head of Government. Others do not play a role.
Other (please specify)
Notes
The Head of the Government is elected by the winning party among its members in the National Assembly.
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan
The Head of Government is also the Head of State
No
Parliament’s role
Parliament’s role in the designation of the Head of State Some parliaments designate the Head of State or approve the nomination for the Head of Government. Others do not play a role.
Parliament does not play a role
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 2 §3

Impeachment and confidence motions

Procedure for parliament
There is a procedure for parliament to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution There is a procedure to dismiss or impeach the following persons/institution: Not applicable (there is no procedure); The whole Government; The Head of Government; The Head of State; Individual members of the Executive; Other (please specify)
The whole Government
Individual members of the Executive
Other (please specify)
Notes
Holders of the Constitutional offices.
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 32 and 117, section 7; National Assembly Act, section 133
Chambers that play a role in the dismissal or impeachment In bicameral parliaments: Chambers that play a role in the dismissal or impeachment: Lower chamber; Upper chamber; Not applicable
Lower chamber
Upper chamber
Impeachment Role
There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution There is a procedure for parliament to express no confidence in the following persons/institution: Not applicable (there is no procedure); The whole Government; The Head of Government; Individual members of the Executive; Other (please specify)
The whole Government
Individual members of the Executive
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Constitution, art. 17, section 6; National Assembly Act, section 137
Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence In bicameral parliaments: Chambers that play a role in motions of no confidence: Lower chamber; Upper chamber; Not applicable
Lower chamber
Parliament is automatically dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted In some countries, the adoption of a motion of no confidence in the Government automatically leads to the dissolution of Parliament in certain countries. In other cases, a new government can be formed.
Yes