DPP to yield and let Jiang take podium
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- After blocking Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) six times from delivering his regular policy speech at the beginning of the current legislative session, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday announced it would allow Jiang to give his address.
October 18, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The DPP has prevented Jiang from taking the rostrum in every legislative meeting since the second annual session begun on Sept. 17. It accused Jiang of overstepping his position and “trampling” the constitutional system — the rallying call of its boycott was “no apology, no speech.” Hoping to remove Jiang from his seat, the party proposed a no-confidence vote, but the motion was defeated, 45 votes to 68.
KMT Gearing Up to Prevent Boycott
The Kuomintang (KMT) caucus called a pre-speech meeting yesterday to rally its legislators' support and to discuss contingency plans in the case that the DPP continues its obstruction.
KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said that the KMT has mapped out several “strategies” to prepare for any hostile acts from the DPP. “The people are tired of all these political disputes, we will do everything we can to have the premier deliver his speech as scheduled,” Lin said.
Several local media outlets had predicted that Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) may escort the premier into the meeting chamber and to the rostrum, to which Lin replied that the KMT caucus had already thought of that solution.
Ker to Question Jiang in Session
DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) announced that he will be questioning Jiang when the premier delivers his policy reports today.
According to Ker, the DPP caucus has reached a consensus and will be holding a press conference at 10:00 a.m. today — the same time as Jiang's presentation — with all 40 DPP lawmakers holding an interpellation session to question Jiang outside the chamber.
”I am the first in line for the interpellation, and will take on Jiang head-on,” Ker said.
DPP spokesman Lin Chuh-hsien (林俊憲) said that he respects the DPP caucus' decision to allow Jiang to take the rostrum today, but the lawmakers are also determined to launch a strict interpellation.
“Even if Jiang can make his presentation, he still has to face the people's discontent with the Cabinet and their lack of faith in the nation's judiciary system,” said Lin. “The DPP caucus continues to call for the dissolution of the Special Investigation Division (SID) and for Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) to resign, and also for the government to conduct in-depth investigations of the wiretapping incident.”
Conversations concerning influence-peddling by Wang and Ker were released by Huang and the SID in early September, and it was revealed that the SID had also tapped the Legislative Yuan's switchboard number, prompting the DPP to call for a detailed probe of both cases.