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19 members in rebellion against Control Yuan president

19 members in rebellion against Control Yuan president

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Nineteen members of the Control Yuan issued a joint statement Thursday criticizing their president, Wang Chien-shien, after he stated the top government watchdog could be abolished.
The 19 accused him of having insulted the body, which has a total of 29 members nominated by the president and approved by the Legislative Yuan.
The watchdog came under fire after it failed two times to impeach Keelung Mayor Chang Tung-jung, once before and once after he was convicted for ordering police to release a drunk driving suspect. The votes provoked a wave of indignation about the Control Yuan’s inability to punish the ruling Kuomintang politician.
Wang said Wednesday that if it was unable to push for fairness and justice, the Control Yuan might as well be abolished. He asked the Legislative Yuan to consider amending the Constitution to reform the body, though he later explained he had never meant to say he wanted it to disappear.
Wang made insulting statements against the Control Yuan and knowingly violated the rule that the body’s president should not direct or interfere with impeachment cases, the 19 members said.
The dispute between Wang and the other members was not unprecedented, but the publication of a joint statement by members criticizing their president was a rare occurrence in Control Yuan history, reports said.
The members reproached Wang for calling reporters to interview him twice Wednesday to deliver comments criticizing their handling of the Chang impeachment and the eventual fate of the Control Yuan. They said that even though the mayor’s behavior had been wrong, it was not necessarily a reason to impeach him.
The 19 signatories included veteran Control Yuan members as well as former lawmakers from the KMT, the Democratic Progressive Party, the Taiwan Solidarity Union and the People First Party.
In a first reaction, Wang had an aide tell reporters he thanked the members for their advice but he had only been trying to do what was good for Taiwan.
Earlier, critics said that if Wang was dissatisfied with the body’s performance, he should tender his resignation first before recommending its abolition. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said he wanted to wait for concrete reform proposals from the Control Yuan before commenting, while several lawmakers said they welcomed the watchdog president’s statements.
Abolishing the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan has been a long-term aim of the DPP, which advocates a Western-style three-power government structure.


Updated : 2021-08-02 03:28 GMT+08:00