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Opposition party slams President Ma over new Control Yuan nominees

President Ma Ying-jeou will be nominating 11 Control Yuan members according to the constitution and the constitutional interpretation of the Grand Justices, said the Presidential Office yesterday.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) responded to Ma's decision by saying that the Control Yuan should refresh its image, instead of hurrying to nominate new members.

The Legislative Yuan rejected 11 nominees for the Control Yuan but approved 16 others during a confirmation vote in July, resulting in the resignation of Kuomintang (KMT) caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) due to the unexpected outcome of the vote, as the ruling party had agreed to pass all nominees.

While the Additional Articles of the Constitution of the Republic of China designate that the Control Yuan shall have 29 members, two of whom are to serve as president and vice president for six-year terms, the fifth Control Yuan was inaugurated on Aug. 1 with only 18 members, including Control Yuan President Chang Po-ya (張博雅) and Vice President Sun Ta-chuan (孫大川), instead of the constitutionally mandated 29 ombudsmen.

Although Ma had announced he would nominate 11 replacement members for the Control Yuan to make it function normally and effectively, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) insisted that the replacements should be named by the next R.O.C. president, who will be elected in March 2016.

Standing by his suggestion to Ma in July, Ker said yesterday that "Ma's decision not only stripped the nomination rights of the next president and the voting rights of the Legislature, it also leads people to question whether Ma is trying to pass his list of candidates during the ruckus that followed former Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao's (張顯耀) resignation," said Ker. "The DPP strongly opposes the replacement of the Control Yuan members."

Ker also criticized Ma for "always doing what he likes," and that his current attempt to nominate the Control Yuan members is also a move to cause conflict between the ruling and opposition parties.

The Presidential Office announced yesterday that the nomination committee formed for the said replacement procedures will be holding a meeting today, the committee having expanded to nine members from its original seven.

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