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Head, deputy of Examination Yuan confirmed

TAIPEI -- Lawmakers Friday approved the nominations of Wu Jin-lin (伍錦霖) to be the next president of the Examination Yuan and Kao Yung kuang (高永光) to be the civil service institute's vice president.

Wu and Kao were endorsed by 68 and 66 votes, respectively. One vote was cast against each nomination.

The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) controls 60 of the Legislative Yuan's 113 seats, compared with the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) 40 seats. The minority party Taiwan Solidarity Union has three legislators.

Both of those opposition parties decided to boycott the vote.

Wu, who has been serving as vice president of the Examination Yuan, was named by President Ma Ying-jeou in May as a replacement for John Kuan (關中), who is retiring after a six-year term as head of the government institution responsible for recruiting, training and managing civil servants.

Kao is being promoted from his position as one of the Examination Yuan's 19 "ministers without portfolio."

Lawmakers are next set to vote on the 19 nominees for ministers without portfolio at the Examination Yuan later in the day.

Once confirmed, Wu and the other nominees will take office after August 31, when the six-year terms of the current president and ministers of the Examination Yuan expire.

DPP Aims for Scrapping Control, Examination yuans

The DPP said it aims to reduce the number of members in the Examination Yuan and reduce the length of their terms, a first step toward abolishing both the Examination and Control yuans.

As legislators began the review process for nominees to the two government branches, DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying said his party plans to make amendments that would shorten Examination Yuan member terms to four years from the current six.

Huang noted that President Ma Ying-jeou only has two more years in office, but Ma's nominees for yuan members will serve six-year terms if approved by lawmakers.

He argued that this infringes on the rights of Ma's successor and the new session of legislators, all of whom will be elected in early 2016.

The DPP spokesman said that his party aims to completely abolish the Examination and Control yuans to streamline the government and reduce the burden on taxpayers. The first step, he explained, is reducing the number of members and cutting their terms.

Huang pledged that during the extra session of the Legislature, the DPP will carefully assess the appropriateness of the president's choices for members of the two yuans.

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