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Legislative Yuan to discuss Ma speech

Legislative Yuan to discuss Ma speech

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legislative Yuan will hold a discussion Friday about the likelihood of President Ma Ying-jeou presenting a report about his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping despite an opposition boycott Tuesday.
Ever since preparations for last Saturday’s summit in Singapore were made public last week, the president’s Kuomintang and the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party have been at loggerheads over its significance and over the way the Legislature should handle the issue.
The KMT wants to invite Ma to present a report about the meeting to the Legislative Yuan, but the opposition sees a simple speech as too one-sided, presenting the government’s view while failing to address questions from the lawmakers.
On Tuesday, the opposition departed in protest from a meeting of the legislative committee in charge of setting the agenda, allowing the KMT majority to schedule a discussion of the presidential report issue as the first topic for Friday.
The KMT argued that having Ma present the report without taking questions was perfectly democratic, and should not face an opposition boycott.
However, DPP legislator Yu Mei-nu said the fact that the president wanted lawmakers to take responsibility for his actions and words in Singapore went completely against democratic procedures. Her argument was backed up by colleagues from the Taiwan Solidarity Union.
After their comments, all opposition lawmakers left the committee session, allowing the remaining KMT politicians to approve the decision to open Friday’s full legislative gathering with a discussion of an eventual presidential report to the Legislature. Items concerning stock market tax reform would come second, the committee decided.
The KMT hoped the motion about Ma’s speech could be accepted in a second reading Friday, but if the opposition made the call, it could face one month of negotiation, delaying any presidential address to at least the end of the year, closer to the January 16 presidential and legislative elections.


Updated : 2021-09-19 12:17 GMT+08:00