DPP demand for nuclear report could hold up Legislature
Central News Agency
2014-04-29 10:52 AM
Taipei, April 29 (CNA) Taiwan's Legislative Yuan could again grind to a halt Tuesday because of opposition demands for Premier Jiang Yi-huah to deliver a report on the future of the fourth nuclear power plant. The point of contention lies in whether such a report is necessary. Citing Constitutional Interpretation No. 520, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has submitted a motion asking the premier to report on the administration's decision Sunday to suspend work on the controversial nuclear project. Without rejecting the demand outright, Jiang suggested Monday that such a report is not required. The administration's decision to put the project on hold does not go against a consensus reached in February 2013 between ruling and opposition caucuses of the Legislature and does not amount to a major change in policy, he said at a press conference. According to the constitutional interpretation of 2001, the Executive Yuan should submit a report to the Legislative Yuan and answer relevant questions in the event of a major incident or a change in policy objectives. When asked by reporters about the DPP's demand, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng would not comment, citing a need to remain neutral. He simply suggested that the legislative caucuses of the ruling and opposition parties can try to reach a consensus on the issue, and if that fails, lawmakers should then vote on the DPP motion. The ruling Kuomintang holds 65 seats in the 113-seat legislature, compared with the DPP's 40 seats. In Taiwan's Legislature, however, the majority party does not always have its way. Amid mounting opposition, the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou agreed to stop all work on the fourth nuclear power plant pending a referendum to decide its future. (By Wang Jin-Yi and Jay Chen)
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