DPP's Su accuses Ma of causing 'national crisis'
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's main opposition leader Su Tseng-chang on Sunday accused President Ma Ying-jeou of overstepping his constitutional authority and manipulating the judiciary in an attempt to go after his political foes.
September 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
“Taiwan now faces a national crisis in which the separation of powers under the Constitution has been breached,” said Su, chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Su contended that the crisis was brought on by the president, who “should respect constitutional order more than anyone else.”
The DPP leader made the statement late Sunday, hours after Ma issued a statement condemning Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng for allegedly lobbying illegally in June on behalf of DPP lawmaker Ker Chien-ming, who was the defendant in a legal case.
In accusing the president of acting in violation of the law and the Constitution, Su parodied Ma's use of the phrase “dark day for democracy” and the rhetorical question “If this isn't influence peddling, then what is?” in the criticism of Wang.
Among Ma's legal missteps, Su contended, was meeting with Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming, who briefed Ma on Aug. 30 using information obtained through allegedly illegal eavesdropping.
Ma also got himself involved in the case and allowed the Special Investigation Division (SID) under Huang's direction to make public the transcript of monitored telephone calls on Friday in violation of the law governing telecommunications, Su said.
This has been “the darkest day” for Taiwan's judiciary and democracy, Su said, asking "If this isn't political struggle, then what is? ... If this isn't a constitutional crisis, then what is?”
Su did not comment on Ker's involvement in the case and did not answer reporters' questions.
Ker has not appeared in public since Friday but has issued statements accusing the SID of illegal wiretapping, an allegation which the SID has denied. Ker will hold a press conference Monday to make his case against what he described as “Taiwan's Watergate.”
Wang is in Malaysia for his daughter's wedding and is expected to return to Taiwan on Tuesday.
Despite his popularity in the Legislature, Wang has caused considerable amount of frustration among government officials for his aloofness when major legislation proposed by the KMT administration has been at stake.
Wang, 72, is an at-large legislator appointed by the KMT, and he therefore serves at the party's discretion. He now faces disciplinary action by the ruling party, which could lead to his removal from office.
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