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Taiwan Control Yuan president calls for reform

Taiwan Control Yuan president calls for reform

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The president and the members of the Control Yuan, the nation’s top government watchdog, traded accusations Wednesday after the body’s failure to impeach the convicted mayor of Keelung.
On Tuesday, a Control Yuan committee failed for a second time to approve the impeachment of Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-jung, who was convicted last month for helping a suspect in a drunk driving incident walk free.
The first failed vote was explained by the wish to wait for the court verdict, but because the second vote came after the court decision, the Control Yuan fell subject to a wave of recrimination. Because of its rules, a third attempt will not be possible.
Control Yuan President Wang Chien-hsien said the body could as well be abolished, while members said he should resign first to take responsibility.
The Yuan counts 29 members who are nominated by the country’s president and approved by a vote at the Legislative Yuan. In the past, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in particular has demanded the abolition of the body, while critics have sarcastically remarked it could “swat flies but not hit tigers.”
Wang told reporters that he was so angry about the failure to take measures against Chang that his heartbeat became irregular. If the Control Yuan cannot defend justice and fairness, it should just shut its doors, he reportedly said. Unless the body succeeded in reforming itself, closing it down would be better for the country, according to Wang.
The head of the Control Yuan called on the Legislative Yuan to amend the Constitution to improve the organization’s functions, downsize it, or do away with it altogether.
In his first reaction, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said he first needed to hear concrete proposals before he could comment on either reform or abolition of the Control Yuan.
Yuan member Li Ful-dien reportedly criticized Wang for not having made any contributions to the members’ work and to the body’s reform during the five years at its head. He reportedly accused Wang of having only shown interest in limiting the powers of the Control Yuan.
Member Chien Lin Whei-jun said the body could reform itself from the inside, requiring members to reveal how they voted on impeachments and to give a rationale for their decisions.
There was also dissatisfaction within the Control Yuan about allegations by Wang that many members had been appointed as a reward for their past political performance, reports said. Some members struck back by insinuating Wang himself belonged to the same group, reports said.


Updated : 2021-06-21 23:41 GMT+08:00