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No summer session for Legislative Yuan

No summer session for Legislative Yuan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The different caucuses at the Legislative Yuan agreed not to hold a special summer session this year despite the failure of proposals for constitutional amendments to pass, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng announced Wednesday.
Before the regular session of the Legislature closed last week, hopes had continued that constitutional changes would be approved in time to be submitted to a referendum on the day of the presidential and legislative elections, next January 16.
However, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party opposed a tie-up between several different amendments pushed by the Kuomintang, leading to the failure of all amendment proposals. Consensus had been reached about the lowering of the minimum voting age to 18 from 20, but the KMT coupled the proposal with absentee voting, which the DPP was unable to accept. A lowering of the threshold for small parties to win at-large seats from 5 percent to 3 percent and the approval of a new premier by the full Legislature were also proposals which failed to make it.
The KMT then proceeded to suggest the Legislative Yuan could come out of summer recess in July to discuss those issues again at a special session, a procedure which has occurred many times before.
After negotiations between the caucuses Wednesday noon, Wang announced that there would be no summer session at all, but once the general question-and-answer hours with Cabinet members would be over at the beginning of the next regular session, issues like structural reform of the government, the transformation of the military after the abolition of compulsory service and employment reform would be listed as priority topics for the Legislative Yuan to deal with.
Wang said constitutional reform had not been mentioned at Wednesday’s talks, but the other issues were relatively simple and could be easily passed at the beginning of the next regular legislative session, which starts in September.


Updated : 2021-02-28 18:18 GMT+08:00