Sun, Oct 03, 2004 - Page 3 News List

PFP presses for legislators to set date for Chen speech

CNA , TAIPEI

The People First Party (PFP) urged lawmakers yesterday to schedule a date for President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) state-of-the-nation address at the Legislative Yuan as soon as possible.

Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄), whip of the PFP caucus in the legislature, made the call ahead of a second consultation meeting between ruling and opposition parties set for tomorrow.

Liu argued that Chen's request to address the legislature in person indicates that Premier Yu Shyi-kun is losing the president's trust.

This is a "very serious matter" that lawmakers must deal with immediately, Liu said, urging the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to stop obstructing the progress of arranging the address over technical details such as whether the president can take questions from lawmakers after his address.

Chen sent a letter to the Legislative Yuan last week asking that he be permitted to give a state-of-the-nation report.

The last inter-party consultation meeting held Thursday to discuss the arrangements concerning the speech failed to come to any conclusion because of differences between the two sides on a number of technical issues.

The DPP insisted that the president should not be questioned by lawmakers after the address, saying that they can only question the premier and Cabinet ministers, according to the Constitution.

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