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May 1, 2017

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Lawmakers approve all nineteen nominees for Examination Yuan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- All 19 nominees by President Ma Ying-jeou for members at the Examination Yuan were approved by the Legislature Friday, despite differing views on whether the government body should continue to exist in the first place.

The Examination Yuan is one of the five branches of government in Taiwan and is the highest authority in charge of national examination affairs and the examinations and management of all civil service personnel.

Taiwan's opposition parties, however, believe the agency's functions are limited and can be dealt with by other government branches; accusing it of being a waste of taxpayers' money.

However, the nominations for the Yuan's members were approved because the ruling party holds a majority of seats in the legislature.

The 19 nominees were approved after the government branch's two top seats were approved earlier in the day.

Among the 19 nominees, nine were incumbent members at the Examination Yuan.

Earlier, lawmakers approved the nominations of Wu Jin-lin to be the next president of the Examination Yuan and Kao Yung-kuang to be the institution's vice president. The approvals came from the ruling party and smaller parties' legislators.

The ruling Kuomintang controls 65 of the Legislative Yuan's 113 seats, compared with the Democratic Progressive Party's 40 seats. The minority party Taiwan Solidarity Union has three legislators.

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