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DPP to propose NAC on constitutional reform

DPP to propose NAC on constitutional reform

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The secretary general of the Democratic Progressive Party will visit his counterpart at the Kuomintang Thursday to propose a National Affairs Conference about constitutional amendments, but the ruling party still rejects items related to national sovereignty, reports said.
After the November 29 local elections but before being elected chairman of the KMT, Eric Liluan Chu presented a list of changes to the Constitution. Before any proposals can be discussed, the Legislative Yuan also needs to form a constitutional commission.
DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu will visit his KMT counterpart, Lee Shu-chuan, Thursday to propose the holding of an NAC, reports said Wednesday, though the meeting was supposed to have been kept secret. The DPP said time and place would not be revealed, while the KMT reportedly said the meeting would take place during the afternoon at its headquarters.
While the two camps have already widely agreed on items such as the lowering of the minimum voting age to 18, issues related to national identity and sovereignty are proving harder to reach a consensus on, reports said. The KMT still sees unification with China as the ultimate destination for the Republic of China, while the DPP emphasizes independence.
The KMT reportedly wanted the constitutional changes to be limited to one round, with unification or independence and the national territory left out of discussions. The DPP however prefers two rounds with the easier subjects coming up during the first round while leaving the more difficult issues for the second round.
Wu expressed regret that the plans for the meeting with the KMT had been divulged, but said that constitutional reform was a major project which needed the widest possible consensus in society.
At the time of his first suggestions for constitutional changes, Chu said the amendments could be put before a national vote at the time of next January’s presidential and legislative elections, and go into effect in 2020.
One of the issues he proposed was to change the country’s political system from a mixed presidential-parliamentary system to a purely parliamentary structure with a figurehead president, but opposition grew when it seemed Chu wanted to do away with direct presidential elections, which only started in 1996.


Updated : 2021-09-24 07:47 GMT+08:00