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There will be no third extra legislative session: KMT

TAIPEI -- After two extra legislative sessions failed to make headway on three bills dear to the Kuomintang (KMT), the ruling party has decided not to move for another session, KMT legislative whip Alex Fai said yesterday.

That does not mean the party has given up on the three bills, which cover the establishment of free economic pilot zones and a monitoring mechanism for cross-strait pacts, along with the endorsement of the trade-in-services agreement with China signed last year.

These three issues will be listed as the KMT's top priority in the next regular session of the Legislature slated for September, Fai said.

If Taiwan and China can sign a trade-in goods deal within the timeframe, that will also be a priority, Fai said.

The Legislature has failed to make progress on those bills because of opposition tactics by legislators from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and smaller parties.

Fai also took the opportunity to criticize legislators who he said have used abusive language to humiliate Cabinet members, arguing the practice will only deter capable people from serving their country and hurt the nation as a whole.

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