Cross-caucus meeting to be held over premier's report
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) caucus yesterday said that it will negotiate with the opposition, in order to help Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) deliver his address in the Legislative Yuan.
September 23, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus said it will discuss the matter in a meeting today.
Jiang is scheduled to deliver his policy report on Tuesday morning at the Legislative Yuan. Given that Jiang, however, was prevented from doing so by the opposition last Tuesday, commentators have pondered whether Jiang will be able to stand at the rostrum without being blocked tomorrow.
Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) last Tuesday held several negotiations with lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties about ensuring the premier can give his address. Consensus was not reached.
The DPP demanded Jiang apologize to the Legislature over his recent comment on alleged influence peddling involving Wang and DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).
Jiang earlier this month said that the Cabinet is ready for a “Legislature with or without Wang.” Jiang last Tuesday stressed that his comment was to explain that the current political circumstance is like a coming typhoon, and the Cabinet is ready to brace itself for the storm.
KMT Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) was quoted by CNA as saying that Wang will hold a cross caucus negotiation on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., noting that the KMT caucus hopes Jiang will be able to go on stage and deliver his report smoothly.
Lin said the DPP can offer their opinions to the premier via interpellation sessions should they have any questions for Jiang.
The KMT will hold a caucus meeting on Sept. 26, with the agenda including the issue of the KMT lawmaker Lee Ching-hua's (李慶華) proposal to withdraw a referendum bill on the fate of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
The bill was scheduled to be processed in this legislative session, however, Lee earlier this month said he will look to withdraw the bill, saying the current political climate resulting from the alleged lobbying incident is not suitable for deciding on the nuclear power plant's fate.
DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said the DPP today will hold a caucus meeting at noon, noting that aside from discussing the prioritized bills of this legislative session, the party will also consider their planned action regarding Jiang's scheduled policy report tomorrow.