DPP may propose no-confidence vote in 2 weeks
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that he would propose a series of constitutional moves in two weeks if President Ma Ying-jeou refuses to step down to take responsibility in the recent wiretapping controversies.
October 2, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
“The party's legislators and caucus are of one mind on the issue, including on the topic of impeaching the president. We will take action as one body,” Su said.
Su's criticism follows in the wake of DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津), who was the party's first voice in suggesting a radical shift within the Cabinet.
According to the constitution, the Legislature can propose a no-confidence vote against the premier with more than one-third of its members' approval. The premier is required to tender his resignation if more than half of the Legislature votes in favor, and the Legislature can be dissolved after the president consults the Legislative Yuan speaker.
Yeh stated that although there are already over 30 signatures gathered from the Legislature, the DPP caucus has not signed the petition yet. “It would be easy to reach the one-third mark, but we are aiming to persuade half of the Legislature to vote for the premier's resignation,” Yeh said.
“The legislators should put aside their political differences and seriously consider overthrowing the Cabinet. President Ma should have enough integrity to dissolve the Legislature, hand the real power back to his people and let them determine the nation's future,” Yeh stressed.
DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) suggested that the impeachment and no-confidence vote should be carried out at the same time.
The DPP will be discussing the most appropriate time for it to officially propose the impeachment and the no-confidence vote. “Maybe we will propose only one of the two, maybe we will propose both but at different times,” said DPP caucus whip Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬).
The DPP has been calling for a probe into Ma's “interference” and his role in the recent wiretapping case after Ma openly showed his determination to remove Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) from his position.
There were 33 signatures on Yeh's petition as of last Sunday, all of which were by DPP legislators.