Jiang thanks Wang for Legislative efforts
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that he has thanked Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) for his efforts in solving the recent disputes at the Legislature.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The premier was prevented yesterday from taking the podium at the Legislative Yuan and giving his policy report by the opposition party for the fifth time.
Previously, the premier was reported as saying that “(the Executive Yuan) is prepared for a Legislature without Wang,” prompting the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to blast him and demand an apology.
The premier, on the other hand, said that the reports were not true and that he cannot apologize for something he didn't say.
Jiang stressed that he has never presumed to instruct the Legislature in any way, and that for the sake of national development, the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan will hopefully be able to continue cooperating.
Wang yesterday held cross-caucus negotiations over the issue, but lawmakers were unable to reach a consensus, leading the speaker to call for a recess.
Negotiations are Expected to Resume on Tuesday
Jiang said that there is no lingering awkwardness between Wang and him, explaining that he hasn't had a chance to sit down and talk to the speaker since the plenary session began.
The premier said that he was, however, able to seize yesterday's opportunity to thank the speaker.
The public is hoping for political stability and a renewed focus on the economy, Jiang said, adding that the fulfillment of these wishes is contingent upon the cooperation between the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan.
Regardless of what the results of the negotiations are, hopefully the speaker will continue to lend his assistance, whereas the Cabinet will make sure that it fulfills its duties in order to accommodate the constitutional rights and demands of the Legislative Yuan, the premier added.
In addition to demanding that the premier apologize, the DPP caucus has called for the Special Investigation Division's (SID) abolishment, accusing it of illegal wiretapping and disclosure of confidential information.
Last month, the SID accused Wang of asking then-Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu (曾勇夫) to help prevent an appeal against DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming's lawsuit, allowing Ker to walk away with a not-guilty verdict.
In support of its claims, the SID produced wiretap transcripts. Afterward, the opposition accused the SID of abusing its power and helping stage a political coup with the aid of illegal surveillance. Furthermore, the DPP caucus also accused Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) of illegally passing on confidential information to President Ma Ying-jeou.
Huang is currently being investigated over the charges, whereas Ma, Jiang and former Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Lo Chih-chiang (羅智強) were called in on Thursday to give witness testimonies at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
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