Thu, Mar 07, 2002 - Page 3 News List

KMT passes inter-party cooperation guidelines

By Stephanie Low  /  STAFF REPORTER

The KMT yesterday passed its guidelines for inter-party coordination and cooperation.

Under the guidelines, the party finalized rules governing the operation of a "policy coordination mechanism" established with the PFP -- the only party that has cooperated with the KMT on a regular basis so far.

KMT Secretary-General Lin Fong-cheng (林豐正) said the party would contact the PFP as soon as possible to discuss future cooperation plans now that the rules have been passed -- with the year-end mayoral elections for Taipei and Kaohsiung topping the list of priorities.

According to the new guidelines, the potential objects of cooperation include all parties with representation in the Legislative Yuan and political groups consisting of independent lawmakers.

The goals of cooperation are to uphold the nation's constitutional system, improve the people's well-being, prioritize the country's economic development, promote ethnic assimilation, pursue cross-strait peace and upgrade mutual respect and trust.

The guidelines stipulate that the KMT is to reconcile differences within the party and unite when cooperating with other parties.

Secondly, the KMT will work to reinforce the inter-party negotiation system in the legislature to smooth the discussion of constitutional issues, legislative proceedings and the passage of laws of concern to the public.

It is to also work out policies consistent with the majority of public opinion by holding public hearings and conducting opinion polls.

On the "policy coordination mechanism" with the PFP, leaders of both parties' legislative caucuses will meet as needed to coordinate budgetary and legislative bills.

All members of both parties must obey the agreements reached by the caucus leaders. Legislators violating the agreements will be punished by their respective parties.

As for KMT-PFP cooperation in the year-end elections, Lin said the candidacy of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is almost certain, as the PFP is unlikely to find a better candidate.

If the PFP's candidate for the Kao-hsiung mayoral race is superior to the KMT's and able to win the support of Kaohsiung residents, the two parties can cooperate, Lin said.

Kaohsiung-elected lawmaker Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) and Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Huang Chi-chuan (黃啟川) are reportedly possible KMT candidates for the Kaohsiung post.

The PFP's vice chairman, Chang Chao-hsiung (張昭雄) is considered a suitable candidate for the race, but has shown no interest in the job.

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