Ma canceling meeting invitation OK: Wang
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said that he respects President Ma Ying-jeou's decision to exclude him from the Presidential Office's weekly meeting.
September 24, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) announced on Sunday that Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Hung-chi (林鴻池) will be replacing Wang as a participant of the meeting.
When asked about his replacement by Lin, Wang replied that he hopes the meeting will be better than they have been in the past.
Wang also said that he will continue to act as a mediator in negotiations between the ruling and opposition parties so that an agreement permitting Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to take the podium can be reached at a Tuesday meeting. Jiang was blocked from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan's opening session last week.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) demanded that Jiang satisfy three requests to be permitted to take the podium: apologize for a previous speech which DPP lawmakers considered inappropriate; abolish the Special Investigation Division (SID); and scrap planned increases to electricity fees in October.
Wang said there remains one issue on which the ruling and the opposition parties have yet to reach an agreement, namely the request for Jiang to apologize.
“I cannot take any standpoint on this issue because I am also involved in this situation,” Wang said. “We have to wait until Tuesday and the end of negotiations to find out if Jiang will have a chance to give a speech in the Legislative Yuan.”
Wang's KMT membership was revoked by the party on Sept. 11 after he was accused by the SID of illegal lobbying on behalf of DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).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 him to temporarily retain his membership within the KMT as well as his positions as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan.
Wang Is No Longer a Legislator: KMT
KMT attorneys yesterday said that Wang lost his position as legislator on Sept. 11 when the KMT revoked his party membership.
According to the KMT's attorneys, the case of former DPP legislator Chiu Chang, who lost his status as legislator-in-large after his party membership was revoked, should set a relevant precedent.
Chiu later filed an injunction which was rejected on the grounds that issues regarding party membership were the exclusive domain of the party itself.
The KMT has filed an appeal in the Taiwan High Court over the district court decision to approve Wang's injunction; the result of the appeal is scheduled to be announced as early as this week.
The Kuomintang's (KMT) Policy Committee chief Lin Hung-chi (林鴻池) talks to reporters in Taipei, yesterday. Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said that he ...