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Pan-blue alliance ready to move on shooting committee


The statute governing the investigative committee probing the March 19 shooting incident (三一九槍擊事件真相調查特別委員會條例) will become effective today even if President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) fails to promulgate it.

The pan-blue camp has not waited for Chen's signature and is about to finalize its list of recommended committee members.

The statute stipulates that the committee members will be recommended in proportion to party caucus size, so the pan-blue camp can recommend nine of the 17 members.

Former deputy minister of national defense Chen Chao-ming (陳肇敏) and National Security Council secretary-general Ding Mao-shih (丁懋時) will be among the nine. Others include former Judicial Yuan president Shih Chi-yang (施啟揚), human rights lawyer Wang Ching-feng (王清峰), coroner Fang Chung-min (方中民), former Control Yuan member Chai Tsung-chuan (翟宗泉) and law professor Lin Teng-yao (林騰鷂).

It is understood that the committee members will choose Shih as the convener.

"According to the statute, the president needs to accredit the committee members within five days after the parties have made their recommendations, but if he doesn't, the members' postings will become effective automatically. So even if President Chen does not accredit the members, the committee can still operate according to the statute," KMT caucus whip Huang Teh-fu (黃 德福) said yesterday.

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