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DPP defends legislative reform stance

DPP defends legislative reform stance

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The opposition Democratic Progressive Party said Wednesday it was unwilling to play along with the Kuomintang, which suddenly discovered legislative reform after having controlled the Legislative Yuan for decades.
In the run-up to the end of the present legislative session on December 21 and to the January 16 legislative elections, both main parties have accused each other of only advocating reforms for electoral motives.
After being absent from reform for so long, the KMT suddenly wanted to push through a package to the second reading just three days before the closure of the session, according to the DPP.
Two hours of negotiations between the caucuses Wednesday morning failed to reach an agreement, dashing hopes for any kind of reform measures to go through, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said.
Since 1992, the DPP has done nothing but propose major reforms, including the strengthening of the Legislative Yuan’s right to investigate the government and to hear testimony, but those have been blocked by the KMT all along the way, the opposition party said in a statement issued by its Central Standing Committee in Hsinchu City Wednesday.
The DPP said it had presented 17 reform measures which were prevented from being listed on the Legislature’s agenda more than 1,000 times. But just three days before the ending of the present legislative session, the KMT suddenly wanted to rush the issue, which showed the ruling party was only interested in purely political games, seeing legislative reform as a campaign instrument, the DPP said.
The opposition party said there was no way it could help the KMT push the package through to a second reading without having a professional review by the Legislature’s committees.
True reform would only be possible once a new public opinion had been translated into legislative seats, the DPP said, in a reference to next month’s election, which might for the first time result in a majority for the opposition party and its allies.


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:22 GMT+08:00