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April 26, 2017

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Legislature schedules Q&A with Jiang

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Legislature decided yesterday to schedule a question time with the premier during two upcoming plenary sessions, after proceedings were interrupted by an occupation of its main chamber by protesters.

The agenda was set during a Procedure Committee session that day, and Tsai Wei-min, head of the Legislative Yuan's General Affairs Department, said after the session that the chamber will be ready for the plenary session April 18.

The Legislature's most recent plenary session was held April 11, after protesters opposing a trade-in services agreement between Taiwan and China a day earlier ended their occupation of the legislative chamber that began March 18.

Lawmakers were scheduled to begin their individual question time with the premier, which was expected to take five sessions, before the protesters stormed the Legislative Yuan over a lack of transparency surrounding the trade pact.

The April 11 session lasted seven minutes, during which bills proposed for tighter scrutiny over accords across the Taiwan Strait, which were demanded by protesters, and the nomination of a new prosecutor-general, were assigned to related committees.

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