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DPP boycotts Control Yuan appointments

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday around noon called a recess and announced the end of interim sessions in the Assembly Hall, noting that the Legislature will choose another date to handle the Control Yuan member appointment.

Wang's announcement came after the opposition lawmakers yesterday boycotted the Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers from exercising their consent power over the appointment of Control Yuan members for several hours until the scheduled Yuan Sitting ended at 11 a.m.

The Legislative Yuan on Thursday completed the deliberation and interpellation session for the Control Yuan member appointment and was scheduled to put the appointments to a vote yesterday.

Opposition Stalls Voting

The speaker announced at 9:05 a.m. the start of the vote for Control Yuan member appointment. Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) lawmakers lined up in front of a desk where ballot cards were to be collected and prevented the KMT lawmakers from colleting theirs.

As KMT legislators shouted that they wanted to collect their ballots and cast their votes, DPP lawmakers demanded that KMT lawmakers line up after them.

Wang urged the lawmakers to respect each other and to not prevent people from claiming their ballots. The opposition lawmakers, however, ignored his calls.

DPP lawmaker Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) refused to sign her name after claiming her ballot. KMT lawmaker Chiang Huei-chen (江惠貞), who lined up after Chiu, urged her to sign and leave as soon as possible. Chiu responded to Chiang by saying "I forgot how to write my name."

Wang at 11:10 a.m. declared that the appointment hearing was incomplete as the process of voting could not be done successfully.

Wang said as the cross-caucus negotiation could not reach a consensus over the issue, the Legislative Yuan will choose another date to deal with the matter.

The speaker later told reporters that this is "not uncommon" for the opposition to boycott the ruling party caucus in the Legislature, noting that, however, this is the first time that opposition lawmakers boycotted the appointment even after the deliberations were completed.

Wang further said that he, as the convener of the Yuan Sitting, could only urge lawmakers not to prevent the others from casting their votes, adding that, however, such calls were not heeded.

According to the R.O.C. Constitution, the Control Yuan should have 29 members including its president and vice president. The power of consent to confirm the appointment of personnel to the Judicial Yuan, Examination Yuan and Control Yuan nominated by the president shall be transferred to the Legislative Yuan.

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