TSU sides with 'legislators-first' method in recall debate
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) gave the thumbs up to a “legislators-first” approach to recalling the president and pan-blue lawmakers.
January 18, 2013, 12:23 am TWN
The major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is reportedly split over how to go about recalling President Ma Ying-jeou and Kuomintang lawmakers.
On May 20, 2012, President Ma Ying-jeou's second inauguration, the minor opposition TSU had been first to demand the president's recall in a party-sponsored street protest. Yesterday, the TSU endorsed a “lawmakers-first” strategy, over attempting to recall Ma directly.
The first phase of the TSU's campaign will be to remove all legislators mindful of “only a horse's opinion, and not the public opinion,” said TSU Chairman Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝), playing off the president's surname.
The TSU is set to pay a courtesy call on DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang, so the two parties may discuss a joint campaign for recalling legislators, said Huang at the TSU's Taipei headquarters on Thursday.
Besides visiting Su, the TSU will meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations concerned with public policy, in order to compile a list of legislators to recall. After lawmakers are out, the TSU will work to remove the president, according to Huang.
The DPP and TSU hold 43 seats in the 113-seat legislature, which is short of the two-thirds needed to pass a motion to recall the president.
Recalling legislators is a lesser, but still formidable, challenge. To recall a lawmaker, at least 13 percent of the lawmaker's electorate must attach their names to a recall petition, which must then be approved by a simple majority of cast ballots.
Earlier this week, former DPP Chairman Frank Hsiehtold media that there are two strategies for recalling KMT lawmakers: recalling some, or all. Attempting to oust all could result in a counterattack and a fresh legislative election, which Hsieh said “could be a good thing.”
Hsieh added that not all in the party agreed with his views, and that ultimately he respects the chairman's decision on the party's strategy.