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Legislature to discuss presidential speech

Legislature to discuss presidential speech

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan will begin discussions this Friday on inviting President Ma Ying-jeou to deliver a report about his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, according to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng.
It became known overnight that the two leaders would meet in Singapore Saturday afternoon for a discussion, followed by news conferences and a dinner.
In order to rebut opposition allegations that the meeting was too secretive, the ruling Kuomintang’s legislative caucus wants to invite Ma to report on his summit at the Legislative Yuan.
Wang said he would start the procedure for such an event by holding discussions with the various legislative caucuses Friday morning. Presidential appearances at the Legislature are extremely rare and have to be launched by the Legislative Yuan, reports said.
As soon as the KMT proposal was approved, a time would be decided for Ma to make his speech at the Legislature, Wang said. However, the opposition also had the right to ask for further negotiations, which could postpone the president’s appearance by at least one month, reports said.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party has accused the Ma Administration of being too secretive about its plans for the meeting with Xi, and has warned against making any political concessions which would box Taiwan in long beyond the end of Ma’s final term in office next May.
Smaller political parties have called on the government to cancel the Singapore summit altogether because it will harm Taiwan’s sovereignty and independence.


Updated : 2021-09-25 07:56 GMT+08:00