The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus said yesterday that the party would not set a no-confidence vote against Premier Su Tseng-chang (
The KMT caucus reached the decision at a meeting with the party's policy committee, KMT legislator Tseng Yung-chuan (
Tseng said that "there is not enough time to deal with the motion of no-confidence by Friday."
"The timing [for a recall motion] hinges on the prosecutor's investigation into [President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁)] special allowance scandal and the completion of a redistricting plan [needed if Chen decides to dismiss the legislature should the premier be driven from office,]" Tseng said.
The PFP had threatened to propose a no-confidence motion against Su on Friday. The motion had gained the support of 47 lawmakers from the KMT caucus.
KMT caucus whip Tsai Chin-lung (
The Central Standing Committee is the KMT's policy-making arm.
Tsai said the decision was reached after discussions, rather than through a straw vote as planned, to show the party's solidarity on the issue.
The Central Standing Committee will make a final decision on the party's next move in its weekly meeting tomorrow.
The PFP, which controls only 22 seats in the Legislative Yuan, won the endorsement of 76 lawmakers last Friday -- exceeding the legal threshold of one-third, or 74 of the lawmakers in the 220-member legislature -- to refer the motion to the Legislative Yuan.
PFP legislative whips called a press conference to criticize the KMT late yesterday.
Although one KMT lawmaker and one Non-Partisan Solidarity Union lawmaker withdrew their endorsements for the proposal earlier in the day, the PFP said it is still poised to submit the proposal for a vote by lawmakers.
"Without the [KMT's] support, our motion to hold a no-confidence vote is tantamount to a blank cartridge," PFP Spokesman Lee Hung-chun (
Nevertheless, Lee said that the party's plan to bring up the motion on Friday remained the same.
"If one member takes back his endorsement, we will find another one to make up for it," Lee said.
The PFP has worked with the KMT on the legislative agenda, but PFP caucus whip Cheng Chin-ling (