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Apple Daily: A good quarrel

Apple Daily: A good quarrel

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 4 of a daily roundup) A debate in Taiwan has emerged over whether the Control Yuan is constitutionally empowered to impeach the president. The debate is good because it helps address many hazy areas in the country's democratic development.
According to Control Yuan members, the Presidential Office claimed that it was "constitutionally disputable" for the government watchdog to question President Ma Ying-jeou over alleged irregularities in connection with the Maokong Gondola project and the Neihu Line project of the MRT system, both of which were launched during Ma's office as Taipei mayor.
Control Yuan members are planning to request the Constitutional Court to give an interpretation on the dispute.
Taiwan's Legislative Yuan has no investigative and impeachment powers. The Control Yuan does, but it does not have legislative and interrogative powers. With incomplete parliamentary powers, it is questionable whether the Control Yuan can check the Executive Yuan, not to mention the president, whose status overrides the five branches of government.
Besides seeking a constitutional interpretation, the other way to solve the problem is for the Control Yuan to postpone its probe into the Maokong Gondola and Neihu Line cases until Ma has stepped down from the presidency. (Jan. 30, 2010) (By Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-05-12 16:42 GMT+08:00