Speaker Wang barred from President Ma's meets with legislators
CNATAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou will hold a series of meetings with ruling Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers, to which Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng is not invited, Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li said Sunday, two days before a new legislative session opens.
September 16, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The series of seven meetings will begin Monday to discuss issues related to bills pending passage through the Legislature, Li said.
Each of the meetings will be attended by a small group of KMT legislators, Li said, adding that Premier Jiang Yi-huah, KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan and other officials in the Ma administration and the ruling party will also attend.
But unlike before, Wang will be excluded from the meetings to be chaired by Ma, who doubles as KMT chairman, according to Li.
The meetings come after Wang won a court injunction Friday to keep his KMT for the time being. The ruling party decided on Sept. 11 to revoke his membership over alleged intervention in the judiciary but now has to contend with a legal fight put up by Wang.
Barring Wang from the meetings is part of Ma's efforts to keep the speaker from the decision-making process of his government.
The Presidential Office has suspended the regular meetings of five senior leaders, including the premier and the speaker, convened by the president on Mondays. News surfaced Sunday that Wang is being disinvited to a KMT national convention scheduled for Sept. 29.
Interaction between administration officials and the Legislature and some activities with Constitutional significance, which the Legislative speaker normally attends, will continue as before, Ma said earlier in the day. Those include ceremonies traditionally held on Double Ten National Day and the monthly assembly at the Presidential Office.
Necessary adjustments will be made in the arrangements for other activities, Ma said in a Facebook post.
Based on a Sept. 13 court injunction allowing Wang to retain his party membership for the time being, Ma said he will continue to address him as “Speaker Wang” in accordance with the current temporary situation.
The president said last week that Wang was “unfit” to serve as Legislative Speaker given his role in attempting to pressure a prosecutor not to appeal a not-guilty verdict in favor of Ker Chien-ming, the chief whip of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party's legislative caucus.