DPP to start recall process after CNY break
January 15, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
TAIPEI--The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it plans to launch a campaign to recall legislators and then the president after the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February, a DPP official said yesterday.
The DPP is still preparing the recall plan and has not established a list of legislators it intends to recall, according to the official, who asked not to be identified.
The campaign will be discussed in detail before the Lunar New Year and launched after the holiday, he said of the plan, which has almost no chance of success because of the high threshold needed to recall public officials.
At a mass rally a day earlier, DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang argued in favor of recalling President Ma Ying-jeou and unidentified legislators to give expression to the public's so-called anger.
The rally was part of a month-long “Fury” drive to give people a chance to express their dismay with what the DPP sees as the government's poor handling of Taiwan's pension system, nuclear power policies and a controversial media merger.
The campaign must wait until after the Lunar New Year holiday because Taiwanese law stipulates that recall campaigns cannot beinitiated after the president and legislator serve at least one fullyear of their current term in office.
Incumbent legislators took office on Feb. 1, 2012, and the president began his second term on May 20, 2012, so the campaign will target legislators first, the DPP official said.
Two former DPP legislators acknowledged the difficulty of the challenge.
“It's not easy to recall a president or legislators. The appeal represents people's anger, and the significance lies in helping people vent their anger,” said Lin Cho-shui.
Former DPP Legislator Julian Kuo agreed that the chances of recalling the president were minimal because the KMT commands aclear majority in the Legislature.