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Control Yuan president describes body as “ship of thieves”
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-25 06:12 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Nearing the end of his term, Control Yuan President Wang Chien-shien on Friday described the top government watchdog body as a “ship of thieves.”

The outspoken former co-founder of the New Party, who was nominated to his position by President Ma Ying-jeou six years ago, said that if he had never become Control Yuan chief, it would have been a happy thing.

Wang has frequently criticized the workings of the Control Yuan, while making controversial statements which have made him unpopular with both sides of the political spectrum.

Ma has nominated Central Election Commission Minister Chang Po-ya to succeed him, but a first attempt to approve the list of 29 Control Yuan nominees failed because of opposition from the Democratic Progressive Party. A second special summer session of the Legislative Yuan beginning next week is expected to make another attempt. According to the Constitution, the new Control Yuan should take office on August 1.

Wang, a former finance minister, told reporters Friday that after serving as Control Yuan president for six months, he had found out that the watchdog body was a “ship of thieves.”

He also explained he had been vehemently opposed to the nomination of former DPP lawmaker Shen Fu-hsiung as his running mate, even threatening to reject his own appointment. Shen’s nomination was rejected by lawmakers, and the equally outspoken politician is now running for mayor of Taipei City as an independent.

Wang said that when Ma told him about his idea to nominate Shen, he gave a completely negative reaction because he did not like the opposition politician. He would have to spend as much time handling his vice president as seeing to other more important affairs, Wang said.

It was only after a dozen good friends and several recent university graduates praised Shen that he relented, he said.

During Wang’s tenure, the Control Yuan came under repeated attack for failing to tackle major corruption cases and for its reluctance to impeach senior officials, including elected politicians.

The abolition of the Control Yuan and the transfer of its powers to the Legislative Yuan have been a major demand of the DPP for many years.

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