Open cross-caucus negotiations unfeasible: Wang
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday hosted cross-caucus negotiations to discuss parliamentary reform, in response to accusations that he has been controlling the Legislature through backroom deals.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Video and audio of the discussions were reportedly recorded.
Wang said that he can allow cross-caucus negotiations to be held in accordance with the Law Governing the Legislative Yuan's Power and avoid playing an active part in the meetings, but that would decrease “legislative efficiency.”
According to regulations, the secretary-general of the Legislative Yuan is required to have staffers record cross-caucus negotiations; afterward, the recordings as well as the meetings' conclusions need to be published.
The speaker asked rhetorically whether that would actually benefit the nation or not.
Negotiations can be attended by all lawmakers, their assistants and representatives of related government branches, Wang said, stressing that there is no such thing as backroom deals at the Legislature.
The speaker said that he has never prevented anyone from taking part in negotiations, adding that he has sometimes even invited the vice premier and Cabinet secretary-general.
“Would it be feasible to (record) everything? Wouldn't that be difficult?” Wang asked, adding that negotiations have to flexible.
Sometimes negotiations can get very complicated, and it is hard enough just getting all the people that need to attend to attend, the speaker said.
The ruling party should think about it carefully, Wang said, noting that because of these negotiations the Legislature has seen a decreased number of bills that needed to be voted on.
If everything goes according to the Law Governing the Legislative Yuan's Power, a vote has to be held if an agreement can't be reached through negotiations, the speaker said, adding that this would actually make things easier for him.
It isn't that simple, Wang said.
The speaker said that in the past, everyone put the burden of negotiations on his shoulders, and that if the negotiations were successful he wouldn't be credited, whereas if the negotiations fell through he would be blamed.
Wang stressed that accusations of backroom deals are tainting the Legislature's name.