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Ting vows to push for recall drive

Ting vows to push for recall drive

A veteran legislator of the main opposition Kuomintang said yesterday that he will introduce a motion in the Legislative Yuan Monday, seeking to recall President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
In a news release, KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) said the motion has gained the endorsement of 103 legislators, surpassing the legally required threshold of one-fourth, or 55, of Legislative Yuan members.
Ting urged supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and its ally, the Taiwan Solidarity Union, to exert pressure on DPP and TSU legislators to support the motion.
According to the nation's Constitution, a motion to recall the president will need the support of at least three-fourths, or 147, of the Legislative Yuan members.
Ting said the motion will be introduced to reflect public fury over a series of corruption scandals implicating officials of the Presidential Office and members of the first family.
He said the president's nomination Friday of Chen Tsung-ming, public prosecutor-general of the Taiwan High Court's Kaohsiung branch, to the post of state public prosecutor-general, was intended to divert national attention from the scandals.
Chen Tsung-ming, who has served as the convener of a task force probing the scandal concerning the mass rapid transit railway project in Kaohsiung, has disappointed the nation because of the slow progress made on the case.
Opposition legislators have vowed they will use their right of consent to block his nomination.
The nomination became necessary after the legislature rejected the president's first nominee, Hsieh Wen-ting (謝文定), Taiwan High Court prosecutor-general, in a vote April 11 on grounds that he did not demonstrate the will to fully investigate various scandals.


Updated : 2021-10-20 12:48 GMT+08:00