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DPP leader and New Taipei mayor agree on need for referendum
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-23 08:48 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Su Tseng-chang and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu apparently agreed Wednesday on the need to lower the threshold for referendums in order to solve the present nuclear stalemate.

In the latest of a series of visits to prominent officials from the ruling Kuomintang, Su on Wednesday held a one-hour meeting with Chu, in whose area the fourth nuclear plant lies, as well as two out of three of Taiwan’s operating nuclear power plants.

Over the past few days, the DPP leader has been meeting with senior KMT representatives, including Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin and Premier Jiang Yi-huah, in order to try and find a way out of the nuclear stalemate.

After his meeting with Su, Chu said that the threshold for referendums should be discussed. Under the existing Referendum Act, a referendum question is only approved if at least half the eligible voters cast a ballot and if at least half those voters vote in favor of the question. The DPP last week launched a specific proposal to do away with that threshold, but the government described it as “child’s play,” insinuating that a referendum motion could be passed even if only three people showed up in the entire country and two voted in favor.

After his meeting with Su, Chu reportedly told journalists that amending the existing Referendum Act could replace street protests. The time had come to change referendum legislation in order to break the deadlock about the fourth nuclear plant, the KMT politician reportedly said.

Chu said he still differed from Su in that he thought amending the existing law was faster than introducing a new proposal as the DPP was doing.

Su remarked that Chu’s comments had “let him see a ray of light,” and even though there were still differences on how to achieve a breakthrough, both politicians agreed that there was a need for a quick resolution.

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