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New premier agrees to recall the budget bill

FISCAL YEAR 2001 Premier Chang Chun-hsiung said that a new budget bill should be prepared, but there would be no major changes to the original draft

By Stephanie Low and Monique Chu  /  STAFF REPORTERS

"It's totally unconstitutional to appoint a DPP member to head the Cabinet and form a minority government," KMT Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) said.

The KMT caucus demanded that the party leadership prevent any KMT member from accepting the DPP's offer to join the Cabinet, unless such an offer was based on party-to-party negotiations.

Tang, a former minister of defense from the KMT, was appointed premier by President Chen in May in an agreement that stopped short of a DPP-KMT deal.

Tang was consequently asked not to participate in KMT activities. Disagreement between Tang and Chen, notably on whether to continue construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, was widely thought to be the cause behind Tang's resignation.

Opposition lawmakers, meanwhile, said they would not deliberately act against the DPP administration just because it was a minority government.

"We will watch the performance of the new Cabinet," said People First Party caucus convener Chen Chen-sheng (陳振盛).

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