Premier should resign even if no-confidence vote fails: Taiwan's DPP head

Premier should resign even if no-confidence vote fails: Taiwan's DPP head

TAIPEI - Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang said yesterday that Premier Jiang Yi-huah should step down even if the no-confidence motion fails, given that the premier has yet to apologise for the "mistakes" he made.

Su was interviewed on a radio show yesterday and talked about the no-confidence motion proposed by his party.

"The DPP doesn't have enough strength, but we do have enough reason to overthrow the Cabinet," said Su.

"As the biggest opposition party, the DPP should take responsibility for supervising the government," Su said. "President Ma Ying-jeou and Jiang shouldn't think that they can always depend on Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers to fight against public opinion."

"Even if the no-confidence motion does not pass, it does not mean that the people are confident in the Cabinet," said Su.

According to Su, the fact that Jiang made phone calls to KMT lawmakers asking them to vote against the motion and the fact that he held a press conference to defend himself prove that he is under great pressure since the motion was proposed.

"Regardless of the no-confidence vote's results, Jiang should not (be allowed to) take the podium. Instead, he should step down," said Su.

The Legislative Yuan can still be run without Jiang, Su said, adding that the premier has been repeatedly blocked from giving his speech at the Legislature because he "destroyed" parliamentary autonomy by commenting on Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jing-pyng's case.

"Overthrowing the Cabinet is something that the DPP should do," Su said. "And as people can see from the many protests held on Double Tenth Day, the Legislative Yuan should do something to react to the majority's opinion."

"Politics is not solely about strength. Sometimes changes can be made if the majority of society has the same opinion regarding an issue," said Su.

DPP Supporters to Monitor No-Confidence Vote

DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng yesterday said that the party will mobilize supporters from the northern part of Taiwan to monitor the no-confidence vote in front of the Legislative Yuan on Tuesday.

Wang said that supporters from Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Yilan County and Taoyuan County will gather in front of the Legislative Yuan at 8:30 a.m. to monitor the voting.

According to Wang, Su will lead the supporters and gather the strength of the public to demand that Ma and Jiang step down.

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