Fri, Jun 04, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Legislature votes today on Wu's ratification -- or not

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Legislative Yuan yesterday reviewed Civil Service Minister Wu Rong-ming's (吳容明) qualifications to serve as vice president of the Examination Yuan. It is expected that Wu will pass ratification in today's voting procedure, despite a boycott by the People First Party (PFP).

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) legislative caucus would fully support Wu's nomination, since he was nominated by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), according to Lee Chun-yee (李俊毅), secretary-general of the caucus.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus deputy whip Huang Teh-fu (黃德福) said his party would leave the final ratification decision to its legislators, because it does not want to intensify the confrontation between the ruling party and the opposition in this personnel matter.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), which argued that the Examination Yuan should be abolished by constitutional amendments, said the caucus will declare its stand for Wu's nomination before today's voting. TSU caucus whip Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) said that many TSU members questioned Wu's loyalty, as he was a lieutenant of PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) when Soong was Taiwan Provincial Governor from 1994 to 1999.

"We will not allow party members to make separate decisions, but will vote according to our mutual decision," Chen Chien-ming said.

PFP caucus leader Hsieh Chang-chieh (謝章捷) said that the PFP recognized Wu's ability and personality, however, it could not recognize the legitimacy of Chen Shui-bian's administration, which the PFP now calls a "transitional power," and will not support the candidate nominated by Chen Shui-bian.

Hsieh also said he has advised Wu to take up the position at the Examination Yuan until the official result of the presidential election is formally declared in two months' time.

Wu yesterday went to the Legislative Yuan to seek lawmakers' support for his nomination, shaking hands with legislators at the legislature building from 9am.

Wu said that he came from an impoverished farming family but he worked hard and was promoted in governmental departments because of his efforts, not as a result of winning specific influential figures' favor.

Wu said that he has communicated with Soong and his supporters, adding that he will do his best to reconcile the different opinions in the PFP.

As for the controversy about abolishing the Examination Yuan in the future, Wu said that he has no preference on this issue and will respect the government's decision, as long as it is in compliance with the law.

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