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Ma calls for more women to be members of Control Yuan

TAIPEI -- Recommendations of candidates for the next Examination Yuan and Control Yuan began Monday, with President Ma Ying-jeou asking for more women to become members of the Control Yuan to “correspond to current social trends.”

The two Yuans are special government branches under the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution.

The Examination Yuan is responsible for the recruitment and evaluation of civil servants, and the Control Yuan investigates and censures illicit behavior by public officials and civil servants and improper behavior by government agencies.

Of the Control Yuan's 29 incumbent members, seven are women, a record high in the body's 66-year history. The members' six-year term ends in August.

In addition to calling for more female members, the president emphasized the importance of non-partisanship in the selection of members of the Control Yuan.

A seven-member selection committee headed by Vice President Wu Den-yih will accept recommendations for Control Yuan members between Jan. 20 and Feb. 10.

The Presidential Office is separately sending out invitations to government departments and non-governmental organizations for them to make recommendations.

After its review, the committee will develop a presidential list of candidates for the Legislative Yuan to approve.

Another seven-member committee, also headed by the vice president, is responsible for making a final list of Examination Yuan candidates for the president and the Legislature.

The 19 members of the Examination Yuan also serve six-year terms which also come to an end in August.

There has been considerable speculation on whether 75-year-old Wang Chien-shien, the outspoken president of the Control Yuan, and 73-year-old John Kuan, the reform-minded president of the Examination Yuan, will be nominated again.

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