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Why insist on nominating Control Yuan members?

On July 29, the Legislative Yuan rejected 11 nominees for the Control Yuan but approved 16 others during a confirmation vote. In a morning session, the nation's highest legislative organ voted on the nominees for president and vice president of the government watchdog, Chang Po-ya and Sun Ta-chuan. The fifth Control Yuan was inaugurated last Friday with only 18 members, including Chang and Sun, instead of the constitutionally mandated 29 ombudsmen.

A couple of days after the "massacre of ombudsmen," President Ma Ying-jeou announced he would nominate 11 replacement members for the Control Yuan to make it function normally and effectively, but Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), insists that the replacements be named by the next R.O.C. president, who will be elected in March 2016.

According to the amended R.O.C. Constitution, members of the Control Yuan serve a term of six years and the president is empowered to appoint all 29 members, subject to parliamentary confirmation. At present, the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) holds 64 of the 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan, against only 40 held by the main opposition party. Each nominee needs approval through a simple majority of 57 votes to be confirmed.

President Ma wants to produce a list of 11 new ombudsmen and submit it to the Legislative Yuan before it begins its regular fall session on Sept. 1. A special nomination working group has been formed under Vice President Wu Dun-yih to accept recommendations from the public and vet them for nomination by Ma.

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