Jiang still blocked from speaking at Legislature
By Lauly Li and Adam Tyrsett Kuo,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) was yesterday prevented by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the sixth time from giving his policy report at the Legislature; the session was adjourned without a consensus being reached between the ruling party and opposition caucuses.
October 9, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
After announcing a recess, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) told reporters that lawmakers discussed the possibility of postponing Jiang's address by two to three weeks.
Wang said, however, that the Kuomintang (KMT) needs to come to an internal consensus over the proposal, and that the Legislature will make a final decision on the matter on Oct. 11.
Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) and Cabinet Secretary-General Chen Wei-jen (陳威仁) reportedly agreed to the idea of a postponement.
Cabinet spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen (鄭麗文) said the Executive Yuan will respect the caucus' decision.
Cheng added that if the Legislative Yuan approves the proposal, the Executive Yuan hopes that the Legislature will process major bills during Jiang's absence.
KMT lawmaker Lin Hung-chi (林鴻池) said that even if the Legislature postpones Jiang's policy report to two weeks later, the DPP will still prevent Jiang from taking the podium.
KMT lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said that he disagrees with the proposal, pointing out that the DPP didn't promise that it will allow Jiang to deliver his report after two weeks or deal with any major bills in Jiang's absence.
The DPP insists that without an apology, Jiang will not be permitted to give his report, DPP lawmaker Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said, adding that even if the Cabinet agrees to delay Jiang's report, the premier still needs to apologize in public in exchange for an opportunity.
The DPP caucus has repeatedly blocked the report, demanding for the Special Investigation Division's abolishment and an apology from the premier.
Jiang was reported as saying in September that the Cabinet is prepared for a Legislature without Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, in response to the KMT's revocation of Wang's membership over his involvement in influence peddling, drawing strong criticism from the opposition.
The premier responded by saying that the reports were not true, and that he did not make the above-mentioned remark.
Jiang explained that he cannot apologize over something he didn't say.
Cross-caucus negotiations over the matter have fallen through several times, while the opposition has continued to prevent the premier from giving his report by occupying the podium.