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Jiang stresses better communication amid doubts at Legislature

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Days after admitting he first learned of a newly passed amendment by reading about it in the newspaper, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday urged all ministries to pay attention to the communication at the Legislative Yuan, and keep track of the progress of major bills.

Jiang's remark came after the Executive Yuan yesterday morning passed a proposal to call for the Legislature to reconsider the recently passed amendment of the Land Administration Agent Act, which is the second time Jiang has exercised his right to reconsideration during his term.

The R.O.C. Constitution gives the Executive Yuan the right to call for the Legislative Yuan to reconsider a bill, Jiang said, stressing that in order not to exercise the right too often, Jiang said all ministries have to communicate with the Legislature and be aware of the latest information.

The premier on Wednesday said he did not know the Legislative Yuan passed the amendment of the bill until he read about it in a newspaper, admitting that the Executive Yuan needs to strengthen its communication with the Legislature.

Jiang yesterday said when he was thinking about how to solve the problem to prevent any similar incidents in the future, he "finally" realized that only the ministries are capable of clearly controlling the latest legislation progress in the Legislative Yuan.

Jiang said that if the core value of any major bills at the Legislature are against the government's position, ministers should pay extra attention to the progress of the bills, and if the ministers could not stop the bills from passing in the Legislature, they should inform the Executive Yuan immediately.

Communication Is the Key

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