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Legislature to look into irregularities over jet-fighter sale

CNA , TAIPEI

The Legislative Yuan decided yesterday to form a special committee to probe whether there were any irregularities involved in Taiwan's purchase of 60 Mirage 2000-5 jet fighters from France in the early 1990s.

The committee will be composed of 21 legislators from various political parties. Under the principle of proportional representation, the DPP will have seven seats, the KMT six, the PFP five, the TSU two and the Alliance of Independent Legislators will have a single seat.

All party caucuses are required to produce a list of their committee members before the end of this legislative session, according to the resolution passed yesterday.

The proposal to form its own investigative committee came after the Control Yuan -- the nation's highest watchdog body -- began a probe into the Mirage deal.

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