DPP discord after failure of no-confidence motion
By Katherine Wei, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Conflicting voices and a heated debate erupted within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday after its attempt to overthrow the Cabinet failed and the no-confidence vote was denied by over half of the Legislature.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The pan-green camps had only succeeded in securing 45 votes supporting its proposal, falling short of the necessary 57, and several DPP party members blamed caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) for the disappointment, saying Ker had always acted as a rogue among the DPP.
The DPP hoped to put forth a no-confidence charging that Jiang had meddled with the constitution and the power of the Legislature; hoping to remove the premier from his seat for good after the party tried many times to block him from speaking in recent legislative sessions.
The latest intraparty dispute comes after nearly a month political strife centered around wiretapped conversations between Ker and Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), in which Wang was alleged to have lobbied into letting Ker off the hook in a corruption the latter was involved in.
The tension that had been building up since the wiretapped conversations came to light peaked in the DPP's post-vote meeting yesterday, when Ker introduced several wiretapping researchers to brief the legislators on the details of wiretapping procedures. Many lawmakers were reported to have shouted “What is this about? Shouldn't we be talking about the vote?”and “We ought to discuss whether the premier should be allowed to give his speech on Friday.”
Criticism and Tears
DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津), who had been the first to suggest that the party overthrow the Cabinet, revealed that Ker had shelved her plan, saying he had mapped out a solution already. “Only to be criticized by many,” Yeh added.
The timing of the proposal seemed to be an issue with the DPP as well. Legislator Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) questioned Ker's claim of “the timing being unripe for a proposal,” and allegedly shouted “It seems that everything was done on your orders” at Ker. Chiu's criticism of the proposal being too late was quickly supported by fellow DPP member Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬).
Ker then reverted to the subject of Premier Jiang Yi-huah's long-postponed policy reports, saying that the caucus had agreed to have Jiang deliver said reports last Friday; a remark that was drowned in denials from the lawmakers. The caucus whip added that the decision would be found in last week's meeting minutes, and was again blasted by DPP Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) when Tuan flipped through the minutes and proved that the party did not reach a consensus about Jiang's speech.