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Control Yuan issue continues to stir debate

Control Yuan issue continues to stir debate

The Legislature appears unable to confirm the list of Control Yuan members before the winter break, as the opposition Kuomintang said yesterday it needs more time to come up with recommendations for candidates to fill the watchdog body's leadership posts.
KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said after a closed-door meeting with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) that he considered it more important to find qualified members than to immediately fill the positions, which have been vacant for nearly two years.
Last Friday, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) wrote each major political party letter, inviting them to help recommend candidates for the Control Yuan within a week. Chen further asked the Legislature to confirm the nominees before the end of this legislative session, after he submits the list of candidates, so that the Control Yuan could soon resume normal function.
The 29 members, named and appointed by the president with the approval of the Legislature, are responsible for oversight of government officials at all levels and for supervising the government as a whole.
Ma said the recommendation process would take at least 10 or 14 days, as his party would have to consult with the private and public sectors before finalizing its list of candidates.
Ma said he also hoped the Control Yuan could resume normal function promptly, but added he believed quality is more important than speed in dealing with the matter.
Ma said that his party would have difficulty recommending anyone if it has to do so within a week as there are only two days left.
Wang supported the view that the Presidential Office should be more flexible about the deadline, though all legislative caucuses agreed that the matter should be wrapped up as soon as possible.
Still, the speaker said, the KMT will speed up the recommendation process. According to Wang, the opposition People First Party has promised to have its recommendations ready by January 6 and the Taiwan Solidarity Union has already made its picks.


Updated : 2021-04-22 02:49 GMT+08:00