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Legislature to review draft on cross-strait pacts

TAIPEI--The Legislature is set to begin the review of draft bills aimed at closer scrutiny of and more transparency in agreements between Taiwan and China later this week, ruling Kuomintang lawmakers said Sunday.

The lawmakers are scheduled to vote on whether to send the proposed bills to the Internal Administration Committee for first review during a floor session Tuesday, according to the Legislature's agenda.

Putting cross-Taiwan Strait agreements under stricter scrutiny was one of the most important issues to be dealt with by lawmakers during the current legislative session.

The KMT — which holds more than half the seats in the Legislature — will mobilize its members to vote in favor of sending the draft bills to the committee for review, said KMT legislative caucus whip Lin Hung-chih.

The committee could start reviewing the draft bills from May 28 at the earliest, said KMT lawmaker Chang Ching-chung, one of the two conveners of the Internal Administration Committee.

The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) legislative caucus leader Ker Chien-ming said his party will vote against sending the draft bills to the committee.

But it seemed that KMT, which has the majority in the Legislature, would be able to push the draft bills through despite DPP's objections.

The DPP hopes that the draft bills will undergo thorough review in the committee, Ker said.

The draft bills on overseeing the cross-strait agreements were in response to calls for more transparency in pacts across the Taiwan Strait and the institutionalization of a close scrutiny system.

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