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Kuomintang is not considering no-confidence vote, chairman says

Kuomintang is not considering no-confidence vote, chairman says

Kuomintang Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reiterated yesterday that his party is not promoting a no-confidence vote at the Legislative Yuan to topple the Cabinet at the moment, as the conditions are not yet ripe.Ma made the remarks to reporters following a meeting with Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) at KMT headquarters.
Noting that the KMT has not ruled out the possibility of launching a no-confidence vote at the Legislative Yuan to topple the Cabinet and thus pressure President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to step down, Ma said, however, that adequate accompanying measures need to be worked out so that a no-confidence vote can be proposed at the most suitable time.
"Until the conditions are ripe, it is difficult to promote a no-confidence vote," he said, adding that Wang shares his viewpoint.
Ma's comments came after the People First Party called again earlier that day for the KMT's cooperation in initiating a no-confidence proposal, which requires endorsement by one-third of the 221 lawmakers and a "yes" vote by half of the lawmakers.
Speaking at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan, PFP legislative caucus whip Lu Hsueh-chang urged the KMT to drop "private partisan interests" and join in the PFP's efforts to call a no-confidence vote in a follow-up move to press Chen after a failed presidential recall motion June 27 at the Legislative Yuan.
Lu said that the PFP will continue its bid for a no-confidence vote and argued against the KMT's claims that it will return to a "more moderate" policy does not necessarily mean that the party will sit idly by.
Should a no-confidence vote pass the Legislative Yuan, the premier must either resign in 10 days or ask the president to dissolve the Legislative Yuan, paving the way for the election of a new legislature. If the no-confidence vote fails to clear the legislature, lawmakers cannot raise a second no-confidence vote against the same premier within a year.