Tsai: Defer approval of remaining Control Yuan nominees for next president
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-30 11:02 AM
Tsai Ing-wen said Wednesday that rampant criticism of the list of nominees for the 5th Control Yuan and the fact that 11 of the 27 nominees failed to gain approval in the Legislative Yuan show that Ma Ying-jeou is not capable of putting together a list of nominees that are suited to serve in the Control Yuan. Tsai suggested that rather than go through the charade of submitting a list of 11 more nominees and going through the whole process of debating and voting on the nominees, completion of the nominating process should simply be deferred until the next president takes office after the 2016 elections.

Tsai noted that the 4th Control Yuan has already won a reputation for poor quality, questionable ethics, political bias and unconventional rulings that have made a sham of any credibility the Control Yuan might once have had. She said favoritism and abuse connected with the Control Yuan and its activities have seriously impacted the operations and effectiveness of the government and threatened the integrity of the constitution.

Tsai noted that President Ma Ying-jeou has been roundly criticized for treating the Control Yuan nomination process as a system of political rewards. She said Ma has utilized various approaches intended to bend the will of the Legislative Yuan to approve controversial nominees. The rejection of the 11 nominees Wednesday shows that society will not meekly accept such moves by the Ma administration. Tsai said Ma should take responsibility for the chaos caused by the troubled nominee list and publicly apologize to the people for the time and expense it has wasted.

Ker Chien-ming, general convener of the DPP legislative caucus, called Wednesday’s vote a victory for the Legislative Yuan, saying it signals a new sense of independence for the legislative body. Ker had said before the election that he expected anywhere from 8 to 10 of the nominees to be rejected and was happy to see the final results, with a total of 11 nominees failing to make the grade.

Ker said the fact that newly-approved Control Yuan President Chang Bo-ya missed rejection by only one vote shows that the Legislative Yuan is not simply a rubber stamp for Ma Ying-jeou and will not stand by idly as he ignores the Constitution and tries to impose his will on all branches of government.

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