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Legislature to discuss special session

Discussion meet set for August 4: Wang

Legislature to discuss special session

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The caucuses at the Legislative Yuan failed to agree on Friday afternoon with Education Minister Wu Se-hwa present on the need to call a special session about the contested curriculum guideline changes, but another attempt will be made on August 4.
The idea for lawmakers to come out of summer recess followed the suicide Thursday of one of the student protest leaders, while other students sat outside the Ministry of Education Friday to demand concessions.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng chaired a meeting about the need for a special session. Representatives of the various party caucuses started talking at 3 p.m. Friday, reports said.
After 5 o’clock, it became clear that the two sides at the Legislature would not be able to reach an agreement, reports said. The Kuomintang wanted to leave the decision up to a full caucus meeting scheduled for Monday August 3, while the opposition Democratic Progressive Party demanded an immediate special session, reports said.
After the talks, Wang announced that the Legislature would hold a special full “discussion meeting” on Tuesday August 4 at 10:30 a.m. where a decision could be made. He also called on the government to delay the decision to introduce the curriculum on August 1, as approved by a court Friday.
According to the Constitution, the Legislative Yuan can hold a special session if the president or one quarter of lawmakers put in a request. The DPP, which holds 40 seats out of 111 presently occupied, stood behind the demand, so in theory, there should be no problem, reports said.
Wang mentioned a number of laws which could allow the Legislative Yuan to discuss or make changes to the high-school curriculum.
Before Friday’s meeting started, KMT caucus officials said they were keeping an open mind on the need for a summer session, but they also wanted other topics to be discussed, such as reform of the central government structure and labor and military issues.
However, DPP chief whip Ker Chien-ming said those issues could be dealt with immediately after the opening of the next regular legislative session in September. The KMT should not muddle the issues, he said.
KMT caucus leaders questioned the usefulness of discussing the curriculum guidelines, because those were an issue for the executive branch of government, in particular the Ministry of Education. The only thing legislators could do was to talk and discuss the issues, senior KMT caucus official Liao Kuo-tung said.


Updated : 2021-09-28 23:55 GMT+08:00