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Chen agrees to name new Control Yuan members

Chen agrees to name new Control Yuan members

The Presidential Office confirmed Monday it had invited major political parties to recommend members to the leadership posts in the nation's highest watchdog body that have been vacant since February 1, 2005.
President Chen Shui-bian sent major parties a letter each last Friday, asking them to recommend potential Control Yuan members within a week so that the Legislature can confirm them before the end of this legislative session.
The Control Yuan members are responsible for correcting government officials at all levels and for monitoring the government as a whole. All 29 members are named and appointed by the president with the consent of the Legislature.
The opposition-dominated Legislature has refused to review the former slate of nominees, noting that some of them are morally flawed and not qualified to judge others.
The opposition Kuomintang and People First Party have also suggested Chen consult all parties before filling the watchdog agency in a way that reflects their number of seats in the lawmaking body.
Chen said that with the concession, he hoped the Legislature would be willing to end the constitutional mess by facilitating the confirmation process. The six-year term of previous Control Yuan members expired on February 1 of last year.
Previously, Chen refused to budge on the matter, saying the Legislature had no right to encroach on his power protected in the Constitution.
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party's legislative caucus agreed later to bow to the opposition request in exchange for their support for military budgets to buy weapons from the United States.
 


Updated : 2021-07-29 05:45 GMT+08:00