DPP head calls for recalling president, ruling KMT lawmakers

Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang called on Sunday for recalling President Ma Ying-jeou and ruling party lawmakers whom he accused of blocking reforms. Su told a crowd of protesters at a rally that incompetent Ma and government officials who are not doing a good job or who oppose reforms should all be replaced. Those legislators who run against people's interests and help business groups gain illicit interests should also be removed from their posts, he added. The rally was part of a month-long "Fury" drive to express anger over what the DPP perceives as the government's policy failures. The DPP's secretary general, Lin Hsi-yao, told the media later Sunday that under the law, a campaign cannot be launched to recall the president until after he has served one full year in his new term of office. Ma was inaugurated to a second term on May 20, 2012. "If the president does nothing in response to people's appeals, we will definitely kick off a process to recall him on or after May 20," Lin said. As to the move to recall legislators, Lin said his party will make "further evaluations" depending on the circumstances in all electoral districts. However, Lin said his party does not want give an impression that the party seems to be bent on recalling this and that elected official. "The DPP will use its legislative caucus as well as civilian protest strategy to show its serious concern over such issues as reform of the pension system, non-nuclear homeland and media monopoly," Lin added. (By Alex Jiang and S.C. Chang)