Fri, Feb 04, 2005 - Page 3 News List

... and plugs James Soong's `goodwill'

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said he believed that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) would reconsider the list of Control Yuan nominees if People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) asked him to do so.

"It is my understanding that Chairman Soong will work with President Chen on different issues, and if Soong has expectations in regard to nominations for Control Yuan membership, then I believe the president will take those thoughts into account," Wang told reporters yesterday.

"Chairman Soong has expressed goodwill to the president and offered supportive words about the arms purchase [from Washington] when he was in the US," Wang said.

Wang added that if Chen was receptive to Soong's suggestions and to the pan-blue camp's advice, he believed that both the ruling and opposition parties could make substantial progress on national affairs.

The legislature yesterday decided to commence its next session on Feb. 25, but it will not review and approve Control Yuan nominees until Chen resubmits the list of names.

Acting DPP chairman and caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) yesterday said he had no idea if the president would change the nomination list as Wang had suggested, but he urged the opposition not to boycott the entire list.

"If the opposition parties think that some of the nominees are unqualified, they have the right to veto their appointment. But I don't think it is wise or constitutional to overrule the list again," Ker said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY DEBBY WU

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