DPT President, Jigmi Y Thinley, after serving the royal government in various capacities for over four decades, including being Bhutan’s first democratically elected Prime Minister, has submitted his resignation. The National Assembly Speaker, Jigme Zangpo, said he needed to study all laws and legal provisions before accepting the resignation. According to the National Assembly Act of 2008, a Member’s seat will be vacant upon resignation, death, disqualification of the Member or removal and expiry of the office term. Apart from that, if a Member remains absent for more than one-fourth of the number of days in a session without the permission of the House, his or her seat shall be declared to be vacant. The Act also states that if Member’s seat becomes vacant, an election to fill the vacancy shall be issued within one month. The election shall be held within 90 days as from the date of vacancy.