Fri, Mar 01, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Bid to pare legislature begins

CNA , TAIPEI

A leader of the opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday that the party will present a bill to the legislature today to cut the number of Legislative Yuan members from 225 to 113.

Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘), deputy secretary-general of the TSU legislative caucus, told reporters that the TSU had collected more than 80 signatories from legislators in support of the bill.

Bills to amend the Constitution require the signatures of at least 25 percent of the legislature, or 56 legislators.

Chen admitted that the prospects for the bill are uncertain because it will have to be forwarded to the constitutional amendment committee of the Legislative Yuan for review.

Even if the bill is approved by the committee, it will still require the approval of more than 75 percent of the legislators present at a plenary session of the Legislative Yuan, which itself would require the participation of more than 75 percent of the legislature.

Once it is approved by the legislature, the bill will be sent to the National Assembly for approval.

As the opposition KMT and PFP are reluctant to cooperate with the TSU, Chen said he was not optimistic about the bill's prospects in the immediate future. The KMT and the PFP control around half of the 225 seats in the Legislative Yuan.

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