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Ma suspends ‘committee of five’ meeting

TAKING A STANCE:‘Necessary changes’ to government events would be made due to Ma’s intolerance of Wang Jin-pyng’s alleged involvement in an undue influence case

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff Writer, with CNA

This will be the first time that the party has canceled such a meeting.

Separately, the Executive Yuan issued a press release yesterday saying that Jiang would direct Executive Yuan members to deliver a policy report to the legislature and participate in an interpellation session on the opening day of the new legislative session on Tuesday as scheduled.

“It is the constitutional duty of the premier to make a policy report to the legislature and that will not change merely because of the controversy over the legislative speaker’s eligibility to serve in the legislature,” the press release said.

In response, Wang said yesterday that he respected the decisions to call off the “committee of five” and the presession meeting and that he would continue to handle legislative affairs based on the principles of justice, fairness and neutrality.

When asked if seeing Jiang at the legislature on Tuesday would be awkward, given the premier’s repeated calls for him to resign as the legislative speaker, Wang said: “Awkward? Not at all. They are all Buddhas to me.”

“We have all worked together for so long and have been through a lot together. I will handle the situation with a respectful and courteous mindset,” Wang added.

As for opposition parties’ plan to boycott Jiang’s scheduled report, Wang said that opposition parties did loathe the idea of inviting the premier to the legislature, but that they had come to terms with the arrangement after he helped them reached a consensus on the matter during a party negotiation on Friday.

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