Uncertainty remains regarding premier's report to Legislature
CNATAIPEI--It is still not clear whether Premier Jiang Yi-huah will be allowed to deliver his policy report to the Legislative Yuan on Friday as a stalemate between ruling and opposition lawmakers remained unresolved as of yesterday.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
The caucuses of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition parties will hold further consultations on the matter on Friday morning, according to Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng.
The speaker said that even if the two sides fail to reach an agreement on the issue, he will invite Jiang to take the podium in the Legislature, but whether the premier will be allowed to deliver his administrative report will depend on the situation on the floor at the time.
The premier was barred from delivering his report on Sept. 17 and again on Sept. 24 and Sept. 27 because of opposition legislators' insistence that he first apologize for remarks he made about Wang in an influence peddling case.
The premier said on Sept. 9 that the Executive Yuan was prepared to face a Legislature without Wang, after allegations emerged that the speaker had tried to interfere with a prosecutor's handling of a case involving lawmaker Ker Chien-ming of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The DPP contended that the remark was inappropriate and tantamount to meddling in legislative affairs.