Taiwan premier yet to deliver report to legislature

Taiwan premier yet to deliver report to legislature

TAIPEI - Given that a cross-caucus consensus has yet to be reached, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng yesterday afternoon announced a recess, while Premier Jiang Yi-huah once again failed to deliver his address to the Legislature.

The next Yuan Sitting will be held on Oct. 1, Wang said.

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Hung-chi later told local press that in order to not delay the Executive Yuan's administration work, the Legislative Yuan decided to call a recess.

Lin said that the KMT would hold its caucus meeting next Monday morning and discuss a planned action for Jiang to attend the next Yuan Sitting.

"The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) needs to think this through. If it keeps blocking Jiang from going to the podium, the lawmakers are giving up their right to question Jiang in interpellation," Lin said.

Lin added that "people are all watching the Legislative Yuan, and they would also notice the DPP neglecting its duty to question the premier."

When asked by a reporter whether preventing Jiang from delivering his report is against the law, Lin said that since the situation is unique, and as the ruling party and the opposition are still negotiating on the matter, it is hard to tell if Jiang not making his address before the end of September is in violation of the law.

DPP lawmaker Gao Jyh-peng said that the KMT is trying to prevent Jiang from apologising while blaming the idleness of the Legislature on the DPP. Gao said, however, that the public has sharp eyes and they know what the KMT is doing.

Gao said the Legislative Yuan was not idling, adding that "Jiang only got what he deserves."

The Yuan Sitting was scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.; however, it was delayed until 3:30 p.m. Jiang refused to take questions from local media when he arrived the Legislative Yuan.

DPP lawmaker Ker Chien-ming, around 3:25 p.m., walked into the Assembly Hall and said "class dismissed."

Wang later entered the Assembly Hall and announced a recess.

Jiang immediately stood up from his seat and left the Assembly Hall to the Executive Yuan without taking questions from local press.

Since the new legislative session began in September, Jiang has attended three Yuan Sittings. In each of these Sittings, he could only sit in the Assembly Hall as opposition members blocked him from going to the podium and delivering his policy report.

The Legislative Yuan is set to begin its plenary interpellation session on Oct. 1.

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