Wang to stick to party line and vote against no-confidence motion
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said that he will definitely join the Kuomintang (KMT) in voting against a no-confidence motion, which is scheduled to take place today.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
“As a KMT member, I certainly support the party's position. Therefore, people don't have to guess if I am going to vote against or in favor of the motion,” said Wang.
Cabinet members and Jiang canvassed KMT legislators, asking them to vote against the no-confidence motion proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but Wang said that he has not received any phone calls from Jiang.
“However, it will not affect my decision regarding the upcoming vote,” said Wang.
Meanwhile, the Legislative Yuan yesterday held a review of the vote and invited 74 lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties to give their speeches on the no-confidence motion.
DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that the no-confidence motion does not represent a political wrestling match between parties.
“The measure is a battle between President Ma Ying-jeou and (public opinion),” said Ker.
Ker also asked KMT lawmakers to refer to their own consciences before casting their votes.
KMT lawmaker Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said that after the result of the no-confidence motion comes out on Tuesday, the DPP caucus should adhere to public opinion.
“We should stop this political wrestling, especially when the rest of the world is making efforts to improve their economies,” said Huang.
KMT lawmaker Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇) said that if the no-confidence motion fails, it means that people do not trust the DPP.
“DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) should step down if the motion fails, because it represents the greatest criticism that society can level against a party, while the KMT should work harder to improve itself,” said Wu.
KMT Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said that the DPP proposed the no-confidence motion as a way to “shave Jiang's beard,” which is a Chinese saying of criticizing a person for doing something wrong.
“However, before you criticize a person, you should take a good look in the mirror beforehand. I just took a look around and DPP caucus whip Ker has the longest beard among all lawmakers,” Lin said.
Despite the fact that the ruling party holds the majority of seats in the legislature, the Cabinet expressed its worry over the result of Tuesday's vote.
According to the constitution, if the Legislature passes a no-confidence motion against the premier, the president can dissolve the Legislature.
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 of the motion.