Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that he would not let himself be influenced by a rumor that plans are afoot to end the campaign to oust the president by having Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
Alluding to a phrase from the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu (
"For me, being a premier is just like being a farmer. No matter what the weather's like, I have to keep working hard," Su said to People First Party (PFP) Legislator Cheng Chin-ling (
The Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday reported that Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung (
Wang yesterday downplayed the report when approached for comment by reporters yesterday.
"There is a new story every day, and it seems pretty funny to me," Wang said. "I didn't hear [what Lin said], but it's normal that we have different opinions, because people see things from different angles."
Meanwhile, DPP Deputy Secretary-General Tsai Huang-liang (
"What Lin said was just his personal opinion," Tsai said.
"The DPP thinks that it's not the right time to replace the premier, and the party would not approve of relinquishing the right to form the Cabinet," Tsai added.
KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (
"What's the point of talking about political systems now? The country's current system is not a parliamentary system, so any discussion about the system is meaningless," Ma said yesterday.
"It's just some groundless rumors. I don't think we should be too serious about it," he said.
While declining to comment on whether or not Wang was the best candidate to form a coalition government to break the current political stalemate in the country, Ma said that changes in the political system could not be decided through "closed-door negotiations among a few people," and repeated his opposition to constitutional amendments at this time.
"Amending the Constitution before even having had a chance to implement it is not cherishing our Constitution," he added.
KMT Spokesman Huang Yu-cheng (
"Who should form the Cabinet is not the point. It will not solve the problem of President Chen's corruption," Huang said.