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Pilot zones bill takes back seat to Control Yuan nominations
Central News Agency
2014-06-27 04:48 PM
Taipei, June 27 (CNA) The ongoing extra session of the Legislature will have no time for further review of the bill for a free economic pilot zone project now that next week's agenda has been devoted to presidential nominations to the Control Yuan, the highest government supervisory body. The caucus of the majority Kuomintang (KMT) said Friday that unless there is a second extra session, the project may have to wait until the next regular session that opens in September. The bill on the economic pilot zones, a major government initiative to liberalize Taiwan's economy, made little headway during the extra session that started June 13 and will last until July 4 amid fierce opposition from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Lawmakers were originally set to vote on the nominees Friday following a hearing set for Monday and reviews of the individuals from Tuesday to Thursday. But the DPP objected to the agenda and demanded a reconsideration on the proceedures, set for a Tuesday meeting. The meeting did not manage to accomplish anything, however, due to lawmakers occupying the podium in protest of President Ma Ying-jeou's nominees. According to a revised agenda raised by the KMT caucus and approved by a vote Friday, the Legislature will now hold a public hearing on the nominees for the Control Yuan president, vice president and other members on June 30. The Legislature will review the nominees July 1-3 and vote on them July 4. (Bt Tai Ya-chen, Wang Chao-yu and Lilian Wu)
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