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PFP lawmakers will not vote on Ma bill today

PFP lawmakers will not vote on Ma bill today

Because of discontent with the Kuomintang's delay in furthering coordination on the coming legislative polls, People First Party lawmakers will attend today's Procedure Committee meeting but might not vote on a bill aimed at ex-KMT Chief Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), a PFP lawmaker said yesterday.
The decision was made during a PFP legislative caucus meeting earlier in the day, in a gesture to express PFP lawmakers' dissatisfaction with the KMT's postponement of two-way talks to better coordinate candidacies in December's legislative elections.
The Procedure Committee is slated to address the bill designed to squeeze Ma out of the 2008 presidential election for the third time today.
The KMT fails to control a majority in the Legislative Yuan and needs PFP collaboration to kill the bill, which carries tremendous significance for the party's future as the presidential election approaches.
According to PFP legislative caucus whip Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁), PFP lawmakers will attend today's meeting after several of them expressed displeasure with the KMT's attitude, but they will refrain from voting on the Ma bill.
Since PFP lawmakers joined forces with their KMT peers during the April 17 Procedure Committee in blocking "the Ma exclusion bill" put forward by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party after the two parties reached an initial seven-point agreement on the legislative elections, the KMT has not held new talks with the PFP to advance cooperation, despite pledging that it would do so within two weeks.
PFP lawmakers will certainly take part in the coming Procedure Committee meeting, but how they will act depends on how the meeting progresses, PFP lawmaker Feng Ting-kuo (馮定國) said.
"There will be room for negotiations if the KMT honors its promise to allot seven constituencies to the PFP in the seven-point agreement," Feng said.
Ma is viewed as the opposition's best bet for the 2008 presidential race, but the former KMT chairman has been indicted on corruption charges by Taipei prosecutors in a case related to allegations that he embezzled over NT$11 million from a special monthly municipal allowance earmarked for his discretionary use when he served as mayor of Taipei from 1998-2006.
Ma stepped down from the KMT's top post in mid-February and announced his desire to run for president immediately after being indicted.


Updated : 2021-06-18 19:09 GMT+08:00