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DPP demands rules on presidential transfer of power

DPP demands rules on presidential transfer of power

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Democratic Progressive Party is to propose rules on how to bridge the four-month gap between the presidential election and the inauguration, reports said Tuesday.
After voters pick a new president next January 16, the swearing-in of the new head of state will not take place until May 20, leading to fears of a “constitutional empty window,” in local political language.
The same four-month interval already existed in 2012, but because President Ma Ying-jeou was re-elected to a second term, no problems were caused by that long period.
According to many opinion polls, next year will not just see a change of president, but also an alternation from Kuomintang to DPP rule, making new and precise regulations necessary, opposition lawmaker Lee Chun-yi said Tuesday.
Changes of power would become more frequent in Taiwan’s democracy, yet no workable basic rules had been established on what an outgoing government could or could not do, the lawmaker said.
Taiwan would be the only country with a transitional period longer than 120 days, he said, leading to fears that the outgoing administration might take controversial decisions, make key appointments or even abrogate agreements which might cause public unease or even destroy constitutional stability.
There was no law which stipulated that the inauguration of the president had to take place on May 20, but instead of just changing the date, it was preferable to have the practice enshrined in law, according to Lee.
Top KMT legislator Lai Shyh-bao agreed there might be a need for legal regulations to govern the interim period, but he said more discussions were needed before a decision could be reached what the content of those rules should be. Lee called on the KMT not to block the legislation.


Updated : 2021-09-18 13:13 GMT+08:00