Ma terms DPP's Control Yuan vote-blocking 'malicious practice'
Central News Agency
2014-07-08 11:09 PM
Taipei, July 8 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou denounced Tuesday a move by opposition lawmakers to obstruct a vote aimed at confirming 29 Control Yuan nominees as a "malicious" act in a constitutional government. It was the first time in history that the Legislature had reviewed the nominees but failed to enact the confirmation it is empowered to give under the Constitution, Ma said at a regular meeting of executive members of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT). Ma doubles as KMT chairman. Responding to remarks by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen last week that the nominations put forward by Ma in May were a move to deprive the next president of the right to nominate, Ma accused Tsai of trying to lead him into violating the Constitution. The 29 nominees are supposed to replace outgoing Control Yuan members, including the president and vice president of the highest government supervisory body, when their six-year terms end July 31. "I wonder if Tsai wishes me to not nominate candidates and leave the Control Yuan to run idle for two years?" Ma questioned, describing such an idea as being inappropriate. It shows that the DPP head lacks both constitutional knowledge and the concept that the monitoring and investigation power with which Control Yuan members are endowed is independent from any other authority, Ma said. Under the Additional Articles of the Republic of China Constitution, the Control Yuan is defined as the highest control organ of the country, and exercises the powers of consent, impeachment, censure and auditing. It has 29 members, including a president and a vice president, with each serving a six-year term. All the members have to be nominated and, with the consent of the Legislative Yuan, appointed by the president. With Tsai's agreement, DPP lawmakers blocked the confirmation vote by occupying the polling booths in the secret ballot last Friday. Calling the list of the 29 nominees "the worst in history," Tsai also argued that the nominations will "deprive the next president of the right to nomination, causing chaos in the constitutional system." Her argument is based on the fact that terms of the Control Yuan members will not expire until 2020, meaning that whoever is elected in the 2016 presidential election will not have the chance to nominate new members. Tsai has been widely regarded as a hopeful to run for the presidency on the DPP ticket. She had not responded to Ma's criticism as of press time. (By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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