DPP to mount impeachment effort bid against President Ma
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided to launch campaigns to oust President Ma Ying-jeou over his attempt to remove Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng from his position.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said yesterday that the party will have its deputies to the Legislature mount a bid to impeach Ma for allegedly abusing his authority and interfering with parliamentary affairs.
Former Vice President Annette Lu said she will also organize a civic campaign for the recall of Ma.
But Lin Hung-chih, head of the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) Central Policy Committee, described the DPP campaigns as a power struggle.
Ma has accused Wang of peddling influence to let DPP whip Ker Chien-ming off the hook in a lawsuit. Ma had the KMT attempt to expel Wang, who occupies an at-large legislative seat assigned him by the party.
Wang would have lost his legislative seat — and his speakership — because of expulsion from the party, had he not obtained a court injunction that has suspended the disciplinary action.
While Ma has maintained that he is defending the rule of law, the DPP has claimed that his action against Wang has created a constitutional crisis.
Su, addressing a DPP forum, claimed the president overstepped his authority by interfering with a judicial investigation into Wang's alleged influence peddling and the operations of the Legislature in order to have the speaker removed.
A feasible action to stop Ma from abusing his power is to have the Legislature impeach the president, Su said.
The launch of an impeachment proposal will need the endorsement of half of the Legislature, and the impeachment will pass with support from two-thirds of all lawmakers.
As the impeachment vote will be conducted by secret ballot, Su said it will allow KMT lawmakers to exercise their free will.
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang gestures while speaking at a party forum in Taipei yesterday. He said the party will mount an impeachment campaign against President Ma Ying-jeou for ...