Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-10-09 03:42 PM
DPP lawmaker Yeh Yi-jin has spent the past week collecting signatures of lawmakers to start the effort. An absolute majority in favor of the motion will force Premier Jiang Yi-huah to tender his resignation and lead to the dissolution of the Legislative Yuan ahead of early elections.
The new election will lead to a better reflection of public opinion and to the selection of a body better able to form a balance against the government, reports said.
Since the latest session of the Legislative Yuan opened on September 17, Jiang has been unable to present his administrative report due to a DPP boycott. The opposition demands he first apologize for comments he made against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng amid the latter’s power struggle with President Ma Ying-jeou">Ma Ying-jeou.
As a response against the political strife and Ma’s record low standings in the opinion polls, Su said on October 1 that the DPP would consider within two weeks whether to file a motion of no confidence against Jiang or a recall or impeachment action against Ma.
The opposition party’s Central Standing Committee was reportedly discussing the no-confidence motion during its regular weekly meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported.
Apart from announcing the action against the Cabinet, Su would also respond to Ma’s National Day address and explain how the opposition should handle the president, reports said. He was mostly likely to repeat the call that Ma should resign, DPP officials said. A campaign to impeach the president was deemed too difficult because of the high thresholds built in by existing legislation.
Former Premier Frank Hsieh said that a no-confidence motion’s chances of success were higher, but it had not been launched so far because the timing was important. Since the DPP only holds 40 out of 113 seats, it needs the support from lawmakers from other parties. Su had already evaluated how much votes the motion could win, Hsieh told reporters.
DPP lawmakers accused the ruling Kuomintang of trying to block any attempts at filing a no-confidence motion by keeping the item off Friday’s agenda.
At the Legislative Yuan, discussions were still continuing Wednesday about how to deal with Jiang’s postponed administrative report. The premier and his Cabinet team visited the assembly six times since September 17, but no solution to the stalemate has been found. Jiang has refused to apologize, while the DPP said it would not allow him to give his speech unless he apologized.
A recent proposal for a two-week cooling-off period reportedly met with a lack of enthusiasm on the part of KMT legislators. The ruling party was only prepared to accept the delay if the DPP promised it would allow Jiang to deliver his report on the new date, reports said.
A previous proposal to cancel the premier’s speech and only distribute a written version of its contents was not accepted.