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Put country back on track: DPP to Ma

TIME AND PLACE:The DPP said that though the president deserved to be recalled, this was not the right time to do so given the row with Manila over the death of a fisherman

Staff reporter

The Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Act (總統副總統選舉罷免法) stipulates that a recall proposal can only be made with the support of at least one-quarter of the total members of the legislature and can only pass if it gets the approval of at least two-thirds of all lawmakers.

The act further states that a president or vice president who has not been in their position for a full year may not be recalled.

The TSU listed 10 reasons for launching a new recall campaign, including Ma’s failure to deliver on his campaign pledges, his pro-China position, poor economic and financial performance, failure to fight corruption and oppression of media freedom under his tenure, among others.

TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) said the party has also launched an online petition and hoped to collect 1 million signatures by next month.

In related news, DPP spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said the government must hold its officials — in particular Minister of Finance Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) — responsible for the capital gains tax on securities transactions accountable for their the hasty and flawed implementation of the policy.

The Ma administration and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) ignored the DPP’s proposal and insisted on adopting the KMT’s “inferior” initiative, which introduced a 8,500-point threshold on the TAIEX for the tax to be implemented, Lin said.

“Less than five months after the tax proposal was passed, the administration is now considering revising the regulations again. Someone has to be held accountable for this mess,” Lin said.

Separately, DPP members said that Ma had fallen asleep during a press conference at the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center to oversee state flood-prevention efforts, adding that the nap had been caught on film.

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