DPP declares determination in impeaching Ma
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The main opposition party stressed its determination to impeach President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday, after the intention was first announced by Chairman Su Tseng-chang on Saturday.
September 16, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has decided to launch campaigns to oust Ma over his recent attempt — deemed to be poorly disguised by the DPP — to remove Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng from his position.
“What fears should we be having (in impeaching Ma)?”asked DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲), adding that the DPP will persist in doing what it feels is right, without further consideration.
Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who stated last week that she will be organizing civic campaigns to recall Ma, blasted the president for constantly breaking his promises to the people during his five years in power. Lu said Ma's inability to keep his word was enough reason to step down.
“According to the constitution, impeachment would be the most appropriate punishment for Ma after his meddling in the judicial system and going against the constitution,” said Lin.
Ma, who had claimed he was defending the rule of law in stripping Wang of his party membership after Wang was involved in an allegedly illegal case of lobbying, was accused of creating a constitutional crisis by the DPP.
“Once half of the legislators have agreed to propose the impeachment, Ma would have to explain his reasons (for violating the constitution) at the Legislative Yuan. The proposal would serve as a reminder to the people of the Legislature's power in keeping an eye on the president's actions, and a way to bolster its dignity,” noted Lin, who said he also hoped to see if the legislators had the courage in asserting the Legislature's capacity.
Impeach Ma and Unite the KMT?
Different opinions of Ma's handling of the lobbying incident were heard among many KMT members from the past week, clashes the DPP worry may be put aside after Su proposed to impeach their chairman. Several DPP party members had voiced their concern over Su's determination, worrying that it would turn the tables and unite the now conflicted Kuomintang (KMT).