DPP legislators aim to rid Control Yuan
By Shin-Han Kwan, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Opposition legislators will propose a constitutional amendment to abolish the Control Yuan next Tuesday, said Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday.
August 17, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
In regards to Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien's (王建煊) comment on the abolishment of the Control Yuan, the opposition legislators said they agree on this and will propose a redistribution of the authority from the Control Yuan to the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan, according to Lee.
To amend the Constitution, more than a quarter of the total legislators need to sign the petition and propose the case. After it was reviewed and passed by the Legislative Committee on constitutional amendments, three quarters of the total legislators have to attend the meeting, and among them, three fourths have to vote yes on the amendment.
The amendment cannot take effect until receiving more than half of the voters' agreement six months after the announcement.
Separation of Powers, Five or Three?
Given the threshold of amending the Constitution is high, the head of the DPP's caucus in the LY, Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), thinks that to downsize the Control Yuan, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) should not agree to extend the rights of next-term members. Besides, the Legislative Yuan should cut the Control Yuan's budget in September, said Ker.
On the other hand, Kuomintang Legislator Wang Hui-mei (王惠美) and Lu Hsueh-Chang (呂學樟) both think decreasing budgets is not a permanent solution, and there should be a consensus among the public before proposing the amendment.
Members' Integrity Questioned
Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄), the vice secretary of the People First Party, broke the news yesterday by pointing out that several Control Yuan members had accepted hospitality from Mayor Chang Tong-rong (張通榮) of Keelung City.
However, being asked about whom Chang treated, Liu answered he did not know, and only said it was some “lovely” local people that told him about this. Chang was seen having banquets with some members last December, as well as this March and June, Liu said.