KMT caucus whip resigns over CY vote results
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China Post
July 31, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) yesterday tendered his resignation as chief executive of the ruling party's Central Policy Committee, taking responsibility for his failure as KMT caucus whip to get 11 Control Yuan nominees approved at the Legislature.
Candidates for the Control Yuan, the R.O.C.'s top government watchdog, are nominated by the head of state and need to secure more than half of the Legislature's approval to assume their posts.
Although 18 were approved, including Central Election Commission Chairwoman Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Presidential Office national policy advisor Sun Tu-chuan (孫大川) as president and vice president respectively of the Control Yuan, 11 nominees were rejected, several of whom are incumbent members of the Control Yuan.
Lin explained that he decided to resign from his post after the results of Tuesday's voting were announced.
The lawmaker said that he spoke to President Ma Ying-jeou over the phone about quitting on Tuesday night in order to take responsibility for the results.
Lin yesterday went to KMT headquarters to formally hand in his letter of resignation to the ruling party's secretary-general, Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權).
The KMT confirmed that Lin had indeed handed in his letter of resignation to Tseng, adding that the document will be submitted to the higher-ups in accordance with party regulations.
The president finds it regrettable that the Legislative Yuan opted not to give its consent to 11 nominees, Presidential Office spokeswoman Ma Wei-kuo (馬瑋國) said, adding that a new list of nominees will be submitted in accordance with the constitution before the upcoming legislative session.
The president respects the Legislative Yuan's decision, the spokeswoman added.
The term of current Control Yuan members will expire on July 31, the spokeswoman explained, adding that in order to ensure normal operations at the Control Yuan, the president will submit a new list and seek the Legislature's consent.
The president urges lawmakers across party lines to work together in order to ensure the function of the nation's constitutional democracy.
In response to the Democratic Progressive Party's proposal to postpone the nomination process until the next head of state is elected, sources within the Presidential Office said that ensuring the implementation of the constitution is the president's mandate, and that not submitting a new list of Control Yuan nominees is a dereliction of duty.