Cross-party negotiations over how to tackle the nomination process for Control Yuan vacancies during the last legislative session broke down again yesterday, with no date set for the next round of cross-party talk.
"As People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (
"We'll continue the negotiations when opposition parties come to a conclusion, but we didn't set any date for the next talks."
Inking an Accord
Lawmakers across party lines, however, inked an accord to extend the legislative session until Jan. 21.
When asked whether the legislature would complete the review of the qualifications of the Control Yuan nominees before the session ends, Wang said "hopefully," because it depended on the will of both parties.
Wang also said that he did not think lawmakers would violate the Constitution if they failed to complete the review of the nominees before the session ends, because the Constitution does not specify when they should conclude the review and vote on the nominees.
Taiwan Solidarity Union caucus whip Chen Chien-ming (
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Huang Teh-fu (
"Until they renominate the candidates, we'll suspend the review process or simply let the newly elected legislature take over the job," he said.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Lee Chun-yee (
"The requests of the opposition parties are not only irrational but also unconstitutional," he said.
"While I urge the public to condemn their unreasonable behavior, the DPP will continue to negotiate with the opposition parties and welcome any constructive ideas," he added.