Cross-party talks over Jiang's report fail to make headway
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Negotiations between the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over whether Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) will be allowed to give a speech during the current Legislative Yuan session failed again yesterday.
September 19, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
Jiang was blocked from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan's session opening on Tuesday when DPP legislators occupied the podium and accused Jiang and President Ma Ying-jeou of violating the constitution when investigating Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's alleged lobbying in a lawsuit.
Negotiations between political parties began Tuesday but failed. Wang hosted another meeting yesterday and invited representatives from all parties and the Executive Yuan.
At the meeting, the DPP remained insistent regarding the four demands it made on Tuesday: that Jiang apologize for his previous speech, that the Special Investigation Division (SID) be abolished, that Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) report to the Legislative Yuan's Discipline Committee and that a committee be established to regulate the monitoring of public officials.
Cabinet Secretary-General Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁), who attended the negotiations yesterday, said that the Executive Yuan will not accept an apology from Jiang.
Wang said that further negotiations will take place next Tuesday.
“I will continue seeking agreement between the ruling and opposition parties so that Jiang can give his speech to the Legislative Yuan,” said Wang.
DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that Wang contacted him and tried to persuade him to let Jiang make his speech.
“Wang's words actually made me feel really heavy-hearted,” Ker said, “but the DPP still insists on Jiang apologizing for ruining the constitutional system.”
Wang admitted that he had contacted members from all political parties to urge them to come to an agreement that would allow Jiang to give his speech.
Wang's KMT membership was revoked by the party on Sept. 11 after he was accused by the SID of illegal lobbying in a lawsuit on behalf of Ker. 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.
Wang Says Willing to Cooperate in Lobbying Scandal Probe
Wang yesterday said that he will cooperate with the Legislative Yuan's Discipline Committee's investigation into the lobbying allegations.
Ker said that he asked the Discipline Committee about the lobbying case yesterday and that he hoped the hearing could be made public.
Wang said that Ker did inform him about his request but they did not talk about the case privately.
The Discipline Committee is entitled to suspend the rights of legislators who violate regulations for between three and six months.