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DPP to overturn trade talk monitoring proposals
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-11 04:40 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The opposition Democratic Progressive Party said Friday it was filing a motion to overturn government proposals for a law monitoring trade talks with China in order to prevent a controversial Kuomintang lawmaker from running proceedings.

On its first day after 24 days of occupation by students, the Legislative Yuan spent only seven minutes referring proposals for closer monitoring of talks with China and the nomination of a new prosecutor-general to committees Friday.

One of the key demands of the occupiers was the passage of a framework law including closer supervision of cross-straits negotiations and agreements before the Legislative Yuan turns to deal with the trade pact again. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s promise to do so during a visit to the students on April 6 was seen as the turning-point which persuaded the activists to end their occupation.

During a full plenary session chaired by Wang Friday morning, ruling camp and opposition at the Legislature agreed to refer seven versions of a framework proposal to the Internal Administration Committee. The list included separate versions sponsored by the Cabinet and by DPP lawmaker Yu Mei-nu.

However, because next week’s committee meetings would be presided over by KMT legislator Chang Ching-chung, the DPP caucus said later it was filing a motion to overturn the framework proposals. Chang’s move to declare a clause-by-clause review of last June’s controversial trade-in-services pact with China over in just 30 seconds triggered the student protest which led to the March 18 occupation of the Legislative Yuan, which only ended Thursday evening. Chang was not qualified to chair more meetings about trade pact issues, DPP lawmakers said.

The opposition caucus said it would fight to the finish to prevent the issues from being hijacked by the KMT against the demands of the student protesters.

The ruling party caucus said Chang would chair a hearing on April 14 to hear a variety of opinions about the monitoring proposals.

The second topic treated by the Legislative Yuan’s plenary session Friday morning was the nomination of Yen Da-ho as state prosecutor-general, which has to win the approval of legislators in a vote. The Judicial and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee will have to discuss the issue.

After the seven-minute session, Wang expresses his gratitude to the public and called for less conflict and more tolerance. He repeated a statement that taxpayers’ funds would not be used to repair damage at the Legislative Yuan. Discussions would continue whether or not the Legislature should take legal action against the occupiers to compensate for the damage, he said.

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