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KMT defeats no-confidence motion

PARTY LINE:The KMT used its legislative majority to easily beat the motion against the premier, who happily visited the legislature later to thank his supporters

By Chris Wang and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporters

Added to that impasse was that Jiang did not speak to Wang until Oct. 4, after Wang was accused by the Special Investigation Division (SID) of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office of involvement in an undue influence case.

A number of KMT lawmakers were also unhappy with Jiang’s comments about Wang and the legislature, and the way the SID pursued Wang’s case.

In a meeting of the legislature’s Procedure Committee after the morning vote, Jiang’s report to the legislature was listed on the agenda for Friday’s plenary session.

The Executive Yuan later issued a statement in which Jiang expressed hope that he would be allowed to deliver his policy address and that the legislature would begin to review the budget for next year, as well as bills of great concern to the nation’s development.

Jiang said his team would formulate policies to address the economy, the needs of disadvantaged people, the cultivation of talent and cultural development.

The Executive Yuan will be more humble and receptive to ideas from all sectors of the community to win the people’s trust, he said.

Meanwhile, the KMT said the failed motion was a vote of confidence for the government, and it urged the DPP to refrain from boycotting legislative procedures and creating political instability.

KMT Culture and Communication Committee director Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) accused the DPP of abusing its constitutional rights to file no-confidence motions against the Cabinet, and said the DPP should focus its efforts on responding to public expectations of a stable and prosperous society.

“The DPP is a repeat offender for using its right to launch a no-confidence motion as a political tool… Now that its motion has failed again, we urge the DPP to put the interests of the public into consideration and stop abusing its constitutional rights,” he said.

Fan Chiang accused DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of covering up for Ker amid allegations that he asked Wang to lobby prosecutors considering whether to appeal his acquittal in a breach of trust case, and allowing DPP lawmakers to paralyze the legislature.

“The DPP should think about whether its moves meet public expectations at a time when people in Taiwan long for political stability,” he said.

According to the Additional Articles of the Constitution, there cannot be another no-confidence motion initiated against the same Cabinet within one year of a failed proposal.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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