The coronation ceremony of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will be held at the Tashichhodzong on the 8th Day of the 9th Bhutanese month of the Earth Male Rat year corresponding to November 6, 2008.
On this day of destiny, in the blessed land of Pelden Drukpa we, a fortunate People and King, hereby resolve to bring into effect the root and foundation – the very source – of all law in our nation.
Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries, deeply impacted by Indian thoughts, are among the last surviving kingdoms fast on their way out from monarchy to popular rule. One doesn’t know whether this would be a loss or gain to the world. But this is change which is constant, relentless and all-powerful, even if it, sometimes, has a corroding effect! The only thing anyone can do is prepare to adequately meet such changes and respond to them as best one can. If the response is adequate and correct, that society, or individual, moves forward. Failure to do so results in being overtaken by the current of events!
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in Bhutan on a 2 day state visit. Manmohan Singh is the fifth Indian prime minister to visit Bhutan, the first being Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958, 50 years ago. The Indian Prime Minister is the first foreign leader to visit the youngest democracy in the world. Among other things, the Prime Minister will address a joint session of the first elected Parliament of Bhutan.
It is with deep personal satisfaction and happiness that I address this inaugural session of Parliament. After all, it is in a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity that we are gathered today to celebrate our nation’s historic achievement of a unique democratic transition.
Therefore, I commend the sense of duty and service that motivated the members of our first Parliament under Democratic Constitutional Monarchy. You have been a part of a transition that shall enter the history of our nation as one of our greatest endeavors.