President should respect the need for stable government
By Alan Fong,The China PostThe “September Political Struggle,” as it is being called in the local media, is a testament of Taiwan's stability. When the nation, merely 17 years into life as a true democracy, sees an open war pitting the head of the executive branch against the head of the legislative branch, there is no sense of panic among the population. The TAIEX continued its surge as investors shrugged off what the media and politicians billed as a “constitutional crisis.” The public followed the struggle closely but mainly with amusement. On the front page of a Taiwanese daily yesterday, President Ma Ying-jeou and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng were depicted as Captain America and Thor respectively.
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The nation, however, is confused by the constant changes in this saga with enough twists and turns indeed to power a Hollywood comic blockbuster. Wang began the month as the longest-serving legislative speaker. Then one Sunday Ma publicly denounced Wang's alleged influence peddling as the “most shameful” act in Taiwan's democratic history. Three days later Wang appeared to have been unseated as the Kuomintang (KMT) kicked him out. Yet the next day the Taipei District Court kept his speakership alive by granting an injunction against the KMT's punitive action. Wang's speaker status can be changed yet again if the KMT's appeal of the injunction convinces the High Court. But even then Wang can of course appeal the KMT's appeal at the Supreme Court.
After the district court's injunction, the president had said he will work with Wang in state affairs while the KMT continues its legal battle with him. The premier, who is on the president's side and had earlier said he was ready for a Legislature “with or without Wang,” is to today deliver a policy report to the Legislative Yuan still presided over by Wang. That's if opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers do not block him from the rostrum as they have promised. Wang will host the National Day celebration ceremony as Legislative Yuan speaker on Oct. 10, sharing the stage with the president.
Now the president has to work with a legislative speaker he has openly said is no longer fit for the job while his party's lawyers continue to try deposing him. Everything seems that it will be up in the air for weeks, if not months, to come.