Premier respects lawmakers' rights to put forward no-confidence motion
By Lauly Li ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday said he shall respect the Legislative Yuan's decision should the Legislature decide to pass a vote of no-confidence against the Cabinet.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Jiang's comment came after pan-blue lawyer Chen Charng-ven (陳長文) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) brought up in separate occasions the possibility of dissolving the Legislature as a way of solving the impasse. .
The premier said that according to the R.O.C. Constitution in order to dissolve the Legislative Yuan a no-confidence vote against the premier must be passed by lawmakers after which the premier is required to tender his resignation within 10 days or request the president dissolve the Legislature.
Jiang was blocked by the opposition from delivering his policy report at the Legislative Yuan for the fourth time in the past three weeks.
The premier later released a press statement stressing that he feels “significant regret” for not being allowed to make his address for the fourth time. Jiang said he hopes the DPP will stop blocking him or stalling the nation's administrative work. This outcome is affecting Taiwan's international competitiveness, the s said.
Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li (李佳霏) also said yesterday that President Ma Ying-jeou feels “significant regret” for the outcome in the Legislative Yuan.
Li cited Ma as saying that the opposition should not rely on preventing Jiang from taking the podium as their sole method of supervising the Executive Yuan. The president urged the opposition to supervise the government in a rational manner.
Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday held a cross-caucus meeting discussing the possibility of Jiang making his address. Around 11 a.m. Wang announced a recess. Jiang left the Legislature at 11:30 a.m.
KMT Lawmaker Lin Te-fu (林德福) told media that during a cross-caucus meeting, the DPP proposed Jiang report on the wiretapping controversy with the new Minister of Justice Lo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) and Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) present.
Lin said that in exchange the KMT requested the DPP allow Jiang to deliver his policy report and attend interpellation at the Legislature, noting however that the KMT deemed it inappropriate for Huang to attend any such report on the wiretapping controversy with Jiang and Lo.
DPP Legislator Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) said Jiang should report the wiretapping scandal at the Legislative Yuan, and apologize to the Legislature and society.
While Wang was hosting the meeting, KMT Legislator Chi Kuo-tung (紀國棟) raised a sign which read “save the poor people, big reconciliation,” and moved around the Assembly Hall. DPP lawmaker Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) shouted his disagreement with Chi. DPP lawmaker Pasuya Yao (姚文智) attempted to stop Chi and take the sign away from him.