DPP demands premier's apology to Legislature
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The main opposition party yesterday reiterated its insistence that Premier Jiang Yi-huah issue an apology for “belittling” the Legislature in exchange for an opportunity to speak in the ongoing legislative session.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Jiang had previously voiced his thoughts on the recent controversial lobbying case that involved both Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jyn-ping (王金平) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), saying that he was prepared to work with a legislature without Wang as its leader — a remark that “insulted the legislature,” according to the DPP.
The DPP demanded Jiang's apology for the remark and for his meddling in the investigation of the influence-peddling case, saying that if he did not apologize, the caucus would boycott his scheduled policy reports to the Legislature. “Our caucus stands determined that Jiang should apologize. No apology, no chance of a speech,” said DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡).
Before the session began, the pan-green caucus joined ranks in calling for the government to halt the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, call off the electricity and oil price hikes slated for October, dissolve the Special Investigation Division (SID), and for Jiang to deliver speeches concerning the legitimacy of wiretapping conversations between legislators.
The session meeting held today would occur as scheduled even if Jiang was unable to deliver his reports, said Wu, who forewarned of the possibility of a “Jiang-free session.”
Jiang Deserves Chance to Explain: KMT
Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福) slammed the DPP for its insistence that Jiang apologize, without giving him a chance to give an explanation. “What kind of a party is this? The opposition parties should wait until the premier explains his reasons (for his remarks), then question him,” said Wu.
The KMT will possibly reach a consensus regarding the DPP's demands in the cross-party negotiation held today, Wu noted.