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Service trade pact to be reviewed in special legislative session

Service trade pact to be reviewed in special legislative session

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Ruling and opposition legislators reached a consensus Friday that the service trade agreement with China should be reviewed by all legislative committees during a Legislative Yuan extraordinary session slated to take place July 29-Aug. 9. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng convened a meeting Friday to discuss matters related to the extraordinary session. He said legislators across party lines agreed to hold consultations among all the committees July 29 to decide what committees will serve as lead reviewers and what issues will be discussed during the extraordinary session. Wang said the legislators agreed to hand the service trade agreement for joint review by the Legislative Yuan's eight committees -- the Internal Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, the Economic Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee, the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Health, Environment and Labor Committee. Other issues, such as a proposal to hold a national referendum on the fate of the fourth nuclear power plant and the budgeting of state-owned enterprises, are also expected to be discussed in the extraordinary session. Meanwhile, ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung, the KMT legislative caucus and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus said that day that they would send their respective versions of draft amendments to the Code of Court Martial Procedure to the legislature for review. The KMT's version says that military personnel who are suspected of bullying, improperly punishing subordinates, drunk driving, sex offenses or causing bodily harm should be tried by non-military judicial institutions. The DPP legislative caucus will also send proposals for amendments to the National Security Act and the Criminal Procedure Law to the legislature for deliberation. The DPP legislative caucus also plans to ask Minister of National Defense Kao Hua-chu to make a report during the session on the case of the suspicious death of Army conscript Hung Chung-chiu, who died July 4 as a result of punishment exercises he was forced to do while being wrongfully detained over a relatively minor offense, just two days before he was due to be discharged from his compulsory military service. It will also ask Premier Jiang Yi-huah to give a briefing on the government's recent demolition of four houses in Dapu, Miaoli County, to make way for a development project, the DPP caucus added. (By Chen Shun-hsieh, Tseng Ying-yu and Y.L. Kao)


Updated : 2021-10-24 23:54 GMT+08:00