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Chen disappointed Chien will not head new committee

CNA , Taipei

Legislative Yuan President Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was a bit disappointed that Control Yuan President Fredrick Chien (錢復) would not qualify to head a commission that the legislature voted to create to investigate the March 19 shooting of the President and Vice President Annette Lu.

Wang made the remarks when he spoke about his meeting with the president the previous day.

Wang said that the president was satisfied with a series of constitutional amendment proposals passed by the legislature, including the halving of the legislative seats and the abolishment of the National Assembly, but was not happy that the opposition-controlled lawmaking body passed a bill to create an investigative panel that does not meet the president's wishes.

The opposition pan-blue camp of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the People First Party (PFP) claims that the election-eve shooting of President Chen and Vice President Lu, which left both slightly injured, was a political scheme designed to help Chen win re-election on March 20 and has demanded what it calls an independent probe into the incident.

Responding to these concerns, President Chen announced July 6 the formation of a committee with Chien as its head. The "pan-blue alliance, " however, snubbed the idea.

Instead, the opposition-dominated legislature passed a special statute Tuesday to form a "truth investigation com-mission" of its own on the last day of a two-week extraordinary session.

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