KMT accuses DPP for legislature impass

Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the leading opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang (KMT) spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said yesterday that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwomen Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should be held responsible for the current breakdown of Legislature proceedings.

The DPP's Tsai pointed out recently that the political warfare launched by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) in September last year led to the current legislative impasse.

KMT spokesman Chen responded with pointed criticism against the DPP yesterday, saying that the impasse was caused by DPP lawmakers who having been boycotting all measures introduced by the government, while maliciously taking over the speaker's seat.

As the chairwoman of the DPP, Tsai should be held responsible for the current Legislative quagmire, instead of blaming it on others, Chen said.

Since September last year, DPP lawmakers have resorted to brute force to occupy the speakers' seat a total of 23 times, Chen said, adding that the frequency was a new high in the past six years.

While the government intends to roll out policies beneficial to the nation's development, the DPP does not allow for it, essentially boycotting all measures introduced by the KMT on subjects ranging from cross-strait relations to economic policies.