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DPP supports two-stage constitutional amendment proposal: Tsai

DPP supports two-stage constitutional amendment proposal: Tsai

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen(???), chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said Friday the party supports the idea of a two-stage constitutional amendment, starting with the draft constitutional amendments agreed upon by the major party caucuses in the Legislature. The other draft constitutional amendments on which the parties differ could be left for the second stage of the reform, she said. "Constitutional amendment will contribute to the healthy development of Taiwan's democratic system." Tsai said on the sidelines of a forum in Taipei to discuss the future developments in Taiwan. "It is necessary to forge a consensus with the participation of all political parties and civic groups," she said. The DPP has advocated amending the Constitution to drop the voting age from 20 to 18, lowering the threshold for constitutional amendment, increasing the number of legislative seats from 113 to 158, and abolishing the Control and Examination Yuans to shrink the number of government branches from five to three. The ruling Kuomintang, meanwhile, has advocated lowering the voting age to 18, reinstating the right of confirmation of the premier- designated by the president, and reviewing the single- district, two-vote system. On Thursday, DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu (???) said he had contacted his counterpart in the KMT to discuss matters related to constitutional amendment and talk about organizing a national affairs conference. Wu mentioned the DPP's proposal for a two-stage process of constitutional amendment, starting with a national referendum in 2016, held alongside the presidential elections, on the draft constitutional amendments agreed upon by major party caucuses in the Legislature. A second referendum should be held in conjunction with the 2018 local government elections on other constitutional issues not resolved in 2016, Wu said. "No matter which party is elected in 2016, it would be their duty to put forth a comprehensive proposal for the 2018 referendum," Wu said. (By Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:00 GMT+08:00