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Legislative Yuan agrees on extra session
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-05-22 06:52 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Caucuses at the Legislative Yuan agreed Thursday to hold a special session to discuss controversial topics such as the Cross-Straits Service Trade Agreement.

The session will open on June 16 and last three weeks, reports said. The first week would be reserved for the review of nominees for the Examination Yuan and the second week for the Control Yuan.

The issues most likely to cause conflict like the trade-in-services pact, the framework law to monitor talks with China and the special free economic model zones would be scheduled for the third week of the session, reports said.

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party had initially opposed a special session, saying the Legislature might as well extend its current session by two months and meet all summer long. The DPP has accused the ruling Kuomintang of wanting to force through the China-related items despite promises made at the end of the March 18-April 10 student occupation of the Legislative Yuan.

After chairing talks between the caucuses Thursday, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said the special session would begin with a day of discussion on June 13, with the reviews lasting from June 16 until July 4.

KMT caucus chief whip Lin Hung-chih said that if the trade-related items were passed during the extra session, there would be no need to reconvene the Legislature again for a second time this summer.

A KMT attempt to ram through the trade pact by cutting short a promised clause-by-clause review after just 30 seconds provoked protests, which escalated into the full-scale occupation of the Legislative Yuan.

Wang promised lawmakers would first pass a framework package monitoring talks with China before negotiations between caucuses could start on the service pact itself, even though the government of President Ma Ying-jeou was keen to handle both issues simultaneously.

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