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DPP rules out parlimentary system in constitutional reform

DPP rules out parlimentary system in constitutional reform

Taipei, March 30 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Monday objected to the ruling party's proposal to revise the country's Constitution to create a parlimentary system. "The parlimentary system is out of the question," said DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen at a meeting with party lawmakers, as the majority of the public prefers to directly vote for their president, according to Huang Chung-yen, head of the DPP's information and public opinion department. The chairwoman urged the ruling party to base the reform on the country's long-term interests, include civic groups in the revision process, and not rush amendments through, Huang said. Tsai also suggested that the ruling party consider other issues beyond empowering the Legislature to approve the premier appointed by the president, such as giving the president the authority to dissolve the legislature, Huang quoted her as saying. KMT lawmakers unveiled a proposal Friday on revising the constitution by giving lawmakers the power to approve the president's appointment of the premier. Taiwan currently uses the semi-presidential system and the country's president names the prime minister without having to seek the consent of lawmakers. The reforms were introduced amid complaints that Taiwan's presidents do not have to answer to the Legislature while the premier bears the brunt of opposition to major policies by resigning. (By Sophia Yeh and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:13 GMT+08:00