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Control Yuan confirmation vote blocked

PROCEDURAL HOLD-UP:DPP lawmakers lined up to receive their ballots, but they refused to accept the ballots. The KMT caucus has threatened to sue the DPP

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), the caucus secretary-general, said that during cross-party negotiations last week the KMT had agreed not to oversee its lawmakers’ votes or have them show their marked ballots.

The DPP’s “technical hindrance” was simply a response to the KMT’s breach of that tacit agreement, she said.

DPP caucus director-general Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) questioned the KMT’s right to accuse the opposition of violating the law and the Constitution over the nominations, reminding the KMT that it had former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) Control Yuan nominations for as long as three years.

“We are undaunted by the KMT’s threat of a lawsuit,” Tsai said.

The KMT and its chairman, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), should leave the legislature to deliberate the nominations rationally, Tsai said.

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