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KMT moves to stop extension

STAFF WRITER

The KMT is mobilizing its National Assembly deputies in order to stop a DPP-proposed revision to the Constitution that would extend the assembly's current term until the year 2002, the Chinese-language press said.

The assembly is set to conduct a second reading of the revision today.

KMT Secretary General John Chang (章孝嚴) met with the party's National Assembly caucus yesterday to mobilize the KMT deputies to vote against the term extension revision, the reports said.

The KMT caucus will be able to control at least 80 out of 200-plus votes expected today, the reports quoted caucus leaders as saying.

Meanwhile, the reports said some KMT deputies had vowed to boycott the Lien-Siew ticket in the upcoming presidential campaign if the extension proposal is rejected. They might also boycott KMT-proposed constitutional reform packages in the future, the reports said.

The extension package is seen as an attempt by assembly deputies from both the KMT and the DPP to further their own interests.

On Monday, the assembly shot down another amendment proposal that would have extended the assembly's term until 2003.

DPP caucus leader Law I-teh (劉一德), who proposed the DPP version, maintained that the extension was only a bargaining chip to get the KMT to agree on constitutional reform, including a proportional representation system for the National Assembly.

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