Sun, Jul 11, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Wang to hold extra session meeting

WORKING OVERTIME The KMT says it `will not be duped' into ramming controversial bills through the legislature during the planned extraordinary session


Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) will hold a coordination conference between the ruling and the opposition parties tomorrow to discuss matters concerning an extraordinary session of the Legislative Yuan.

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that in view of Wang's upcoming trip to Taiwan's Latin American allies on July 26 to Aug. 2, the DPP caucus will suggest two time frames for holding the extraordinary legislative session. The last session closed on June 11.

Because the DPP and the opposition parties have different views over the timing and agenda of the extraordinary session, Wang scheduled a coordination conference for tomorrow.

Ker said that the DPP was originally willing to go along with the opposition's idea, and was to have suggested an extraordinary session be held for one week starting July 23.

But with Wang's upcoming trip to Latin America, he said the DPP caucus will suggest two time slots either before or after Wang's trip -- July 19-23 or Aug. 3-13 -- to review 15 pieces of legislation, in particular the budget for the 10 new national construction projects.

Premier Yu Shyi-kun will also call on Speaker Wang to discuss the extraordinary legislative session, the budget for the 10 Major Public Construction Projects and another budget for relief for victims of Tropical Storm Mindulle.

KMT legislative whip Liao Feng-teh (廖風德) yesterday said the KMT and the PFP are at odds over the time to convene an extraordinary session of the Legislative Yuan.

Liao said that the KMT "will not be duped," adding that the DPP hopes to review 15 bills, in particular the budget for the 10 new major construction projects, during the two time frames for the extra sessions and will attempt to squeeze out other major bills that the opposition deems crucial.

The pan-blue alliance will insist on a three-day extraordinary session starting Aug. 16 to handle the bill concerning a "truth investigation committee" to look into the March 19 shooting of President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu, among other issues.

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