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Cabinet head accused of abusing position for DPP

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

An opposition lawmaker yesterday accused Cabinet Secretary-General Liu Shih-fang (劉世芳) of violating administrative neutrality by hosting a closed-door meeting at the Executive Yuan this week to discuss the DPP campaign for next year's presidential election.

"The cabinet secretary-general apparently disobeyed the principle of administrative neutrality of her civil servant position since she convened a meeting at the Executive Yuan on Tuesday night to discuss the ruling party's tactics to retain the presidency," PFP Lawmaker Chiu Yi (邱毅) told reporters yesterday.

Chiu was responding to a report in a Chinese-language newspaper that claimed Liu had asked those who attended the meeting, mostly ministerial liaison officers to the Legislative Yuan, to come up with strategies on how to win next year's presidential election.

The report also claimed that Liu asked her subordinates to specify what manpower and budgets would be needed.

Chiu said that the DPP administration had mixed up its administrative power and its party operations by exploiting the government's resources.

"Liu's demands to the ministerial liaison officers obviously were incompatible with her role as a Cabinet official. The way she made the demands showed that she views the Executive Yuan as a machine of the DPP, as well as using the liaison officers, who are civil servants, as the ruling party's employees," the lawmaker said.

He said he planned to take the matter up with the Control Yuan, the main government watchdog body, and was considering seeking the impeachment of the secretary general.

Liu acknowledged that a dinner party was held on Tuesday at the Executive Yuan. But she denied the lawmakers accusations about the purpose of the meeting.

She said that the dinner, attended by ministerial personnel, had nothing to do with mobilizing manpower for the presidential election.

She said the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways to improve the Cabinet's response to media and public opinion, although she admitted that some Executive Yuan personnel who had worked in the previous KMT government did advise the DPP not to copy the KMT's tactics of using organizations affiliated with the party.

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