Taiwan's premier defends Cabinet ahead of poll

Taiwan's premier defends Cabinet ahead of poll

TAIPEI - Premier Jiang Yi-huah held a press conference yesterday morning to defend himself amidst today's no-confidence vote in the Legislative Yuan.

This is the first time in Taiwan's history that a premier has held a presser with all Cabinet officials in attendance to defend the Executive Yuan against a no-confidence vote.

The Cabinet officials who accompanied Jiang included Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan, Defense Minister Yen Ming, Foreign Minister David Lin and Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai.

"I respect the Legislative Yuan's right to propose a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet, however, I do not accept the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) accusations against me," Jiang said.

Jiang noted that the DPP singled him out for violating the R.O.C. Constitution and making inappropriate comments in regard to the controversial influence-peddling case involving Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming.

Jiang reiterated that he never said the Executive Yuan is ready for a "Legislature without Wang," explaining that he was merely pointing out that the Cabinet has to be ready for any outcome at the Legislature.

Policy Report Based on Constitution

"The Legislative Yuan invited me six times to deliver a policy report, and I was blocked by the opposition from doing so each time," Jiang said, noting that according to the Constitution, the premier is obliged to give his address at the Legislature, while lawmakers are entitled to supervise the Cabinet through interpellation.

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