Wang calls for harmony at Legislature
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday urged the legislative caucuses to create a harmonious atmosphere and allow Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to give his report at the Legislature.
September 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The premier is slated to attend an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan today, where he will be giving a general statement on government policy.
Hopefully, the caucuses will focus on the immediate challenges that the nation is facing, Wang said, adding that he is hoping for an atmosphere conducive to talks on finance-related bills and those concerning the nation's welfare.
Lawmakers across party lines will hopefully allow Jiang to complete his report, and if there are any problems lawmakers can use the interpellation session to ask the premier their questions, Wang said.
Meanwhile, Wang also said that President Ma Ying-jeou was not aware of his daughter's wedding prior to Sept. 7, in response to criticisms against the president for “purposely” choosing to hold a press conference while Wang was abroad for his daughter's wedding.
Wang said that Ma did not know about the wedding until he spoke to him over the phone on Sept. 7.
The speaker added that practically no one knew about the wedding, not even the staff members of his office.
In response to rumors claiming that lawmakers will try to obstruct legislative proceedings as a protest against the Ma administration, Wang called for better communication.
When asked if he would step up to help facilitate negotiations should lawmakers try to stop Jiang from giving his report,
Wang said, “of course.”
Regarding the Kuomintang disciplinary committee's claim that his actions had seriously marred the party's reputation, Wang said that each member of the party is entitled to his or her own opinion.
In response to calls for greater transparency in cross-party negotiations, Wang said that it would depend on the type of negotiations.
If the discussions are related to bills, perhaps transparency can be considered, Wang said, adding, however, that if the discussions are procedure related, transparency would lead to a lot of things probably never getting done, he added.
Jiang to Address Wang as 'speaker'
Meanwhile, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen (鄭麗文) said yesterday that the premier will address Wang as “speaker” and bow before giving his report at the Legislature.
The premier will attend the legislative meeting in accordance with the constitution, and if the proceedings go smoothly, the premier will bow to the chairman of the meeting before heading to the podium and address Wang as speaker, Cheng said, adding that this is not only a matter of protocol but also one of politeness.
Cheng said that the Executive Yuan respects the court's decision to approve Wang's injunction and will act accordingly.