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DPP not to recommend Control Yuan members

DPP not to recommend Control Yuan members

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party said Wednesday it would not recommend any candidate for Control Yuan members on grounds the practice would encroach on the president’s power and run counter to the principle of political neutrality required of all watchdog officials.
DPP Secretary-general Lin Chia-lung told reporters his party has decided not to recommend any Control Yuan members though President Chen Shui-bian has asked all political parties to help recruit potential candidates.
Lin said the party reached the conclusion after its Central Executive Committee meeting where DPP officials agreed it is better to defer the matter to the president’s discretion, in keeping with the Constitution.
DPP Deputy Secretary-general Tsai Huang-liang said a day earlier Chen had no choice but to invite political parties to recommend Control Yuan members to end a constitutional mess.
The opposition-controlled Legislature had refused to review a former slate of nominees on grounds that some candidates are morally flawed. Kuomintang and People First Party have suggested Chen consult their opinions before nominating Control Yuan members.
Tsai said the watchdog agency would not be able to exercise its duties free of political influence if political parties are allowed to decide its leadership lineup.
The Presidential Office said it would respect the DPP decision as well as that of other parties and stressed that the president reserves the final say on the matter.


Updated : 2021-07-25 18:58 GMT+08:00