Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday asked Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) to help promote legislative reform and support the cause of building a "nuclear-free homeland."
\nLien said he agreed that the number of lawmakers should be reduced from the current 223 to 113.
\n"In principle we share the same view," Lien said after conferring with Lin behind closed doors at the KMT headquarters for about an hour.
\nLien said that he would ask legislative caucuses to start discussions on halving the number of legislative seats right away.
\n"We should not procrastinate now that we have reached a consensus. I hope that a decision can be made [at the Legislative Yuan] during the current legislative session," Lien said.
\n"Given the strength of Lien and the KMT, there should be no problem passing the issue this year," Lin said.
\nThe issue of a referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant remained unresolved, however. This has been one of Lin's main causes. Over the past two weeks, Lin and members of the Committee for a Public Referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant have staged three protests in front of the KMT's headquarters in Taipei, demanding that the party honor its promise to carry out the legislative reforms and support a national referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
\nLien said that although they had not discussed the power plant referendum, they exchanged views on broader topics such as how to promote a nuclear-free Taiwan.
\nHe said the KMT is in favor of completing the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant and shutting down the first three.
\nLin said that, because no repository for nuclear waste has yet been built and since Taiwan has an adequate supply of electricity, the government should forget about building more power plants.
\nLin yesterday also paid a visit to KMT legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
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