Jiang blocked from speaking at Legislature
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocked Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan's session opening yesterday.
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The DPP legislators occupied the podium to prevent Jiang's speech. A negotiation then followed between the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and opposition parties regarding Jiang being given the chance to speak. However, this failed and the session was concluded.
Legislators did not however block Jiang from entering the Legislative Yuan.
All DPP lawmakers arrived in black outfits to express their determination to both block Jiang's session speech and protest President Ma Ying-jeou's recent treatment of Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, which they said violated the constitution.
During the negotiation, DPP legislators demanded Jiang satisfy three requests to be permitted to take the podium: apologize for a previous speech which the lawmakers considered inappropriate, abolish the Special Investigation Division (SID), and scrap planned increases to electricity fees in October.
During the session, no interactions were witnessed between Jiang and Wang. The opening session came following the KMT's failed attempt to remove Wang from his position last week.
At the beginning of the session, four DPP legislators played a tape showing Ma's speech during a protest against former President Chen Shiu-bian (陳水扁) in 2006 along with other clips that made mention of Ma's recent 9.2-percent approval rating.
Wang initially tried to hide a smile while watching the video, but soon appeared more solemn after noticing that the media had caught his reaction on tape.
Jiang, on the other hand, did not look at anyone or the video during the session. Instead of responding to the DPP legislators' requests, he remained at his seat, flipping through notes and reports the entire time.
Even though Jiang and Wang were only three rows away from each other, they did not glance or chat with each other during the session.
After announcing recess, Wang left the podium without talking to Jiang. The premier briefly spoke to Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) before leaving his seat.
Wang's KMT membership was revoked by the party on Sept. 11 after he was accused by the SID of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit on behalf of DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
The Taipei District Court, however, approved an injunction for Wang on Sept. 13 which allowed Wang to temporarily retain his membership within the KMT as well as his positions as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan.
A group of self-proclaimed “red shirt” protesters gathered in front of the Legislative Yuan yesterday to show their support for Ma.
One protester said Wang was in fact involved in illegal lobbying and was no longer a KMT member as his membership had already been revoked. The protester said these factors led him to demonstrate.
There was a brief argument between the pro-Ma protesters and some passers-by who supported Wang, but no further incidents occurred.