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Legislative Yuan to form constitutional committee before April

Legislative Yuan to form constitutional committee before April

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan agreed Wednesday to form a constitutional amendment committee by the end of the month.
After last November’s local elections, calls for more political reform grew louder, with New Taipei City Mayor Eric Liluan Chu listing a number of constitutional changes as he declared his candidacy to become chairman of the Kuomintang.
According to a consensus reached by the political parties at the Legislature Wednesday, the committee will count 39 members selected according to proportional representation, with its approval slated for March 20 at the earliest and the choice of conveners scheduled for March 25. The committee could begin its work in April, reports said.
Of the 39 members, the KMT will choose 22, the Democratic Progressive Party 14, and one each for the Taiwan Solidarity Union, the Legislative Yuan New Alliance, which includes the People First Party, and the independents. The original plan was to have three conveners from the KMT and two from the DPP, but after protests by the TSU that the major parties were monopolizing the selection process, a decision was made to allow free voting by the committee members to pick the conveners.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng told reporters that the parties had reached a consensus that all topics could be discussed at the committee, even more sensitive opposition proposals concerning sovereignty and national identity. He said that as soon as the parties proposed their candidates for the committee, beginning March 12, they would not have to wait until April to start work.
Topics likely to come up for discussion include the lowering of the voting age to 18, the abolition of the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan, new election systems, and an overhaul of the mixed presidential-parliamentary system. Some lawmakers want the president to hold on to control over foreign, defense and China policies, but to have other fields managed by the Cabinet with responsibility toward the Legislative Yuan.
Chu started the discussion by saying the president could become a figurehead as in the German model, with a strong premier at the head of a Cabinet system. As the change seemed to herald the end of direct presidential elections started in 1996, he later toned down the extent of the changes, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-20 00:56 GMT+08:00