The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) announced yesterday that the pan-blue alliance would stop boycotting Premier Frank Hsieh's (
"The ball is in the DPP's court now," said Tseng Yung-chuan (
Tseng said that they hope that the DPP would now take steps towards easing the deadlock between itself and the opposition parties.
According to Tseng, the KMT has already established a fourteen person decision-making commit-tee, and meetings would be held starting today to discuss strategies to be used against the DPP at the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan meetings this week.
The KMT and DPP are also meeting today to discuss the details of Premier Hsieh's report.
Tseng said that all the pan-blue alliance was requesting was the five commissions of inquiry, but the DPP had proposed three other additional commissions, including a commission on corruption, a commission on the investigation of unused property and a commission on pollution, indicating that they were not sincere in wanting to resolve the problems between the two parties.
The pan-blue camp proposed the establishment of the five commissions because they lack executive power as the opposition, but the governing party can hold investigations and inquiries at any time it wishes, Tseng said.
Tseng said that the KMT was willing to apologize to Hsieh and hoped that the DPP would respond sincerely.
People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Sun Ta-chien (
DPP Legislator Tang Huo-shen (
Tang continued that although the PFP has the right to scrutinize the bill, it cannot keep blocking it just for the sake of opposing the governing party. The bill should at least have the chance to be reviewed by the legislature's National Defense Committee, he said.
According to Sun, the PFP is not against the arms purchase, but against what it deems a waste of money. The PFP will keep opposing the bill regardless of what President Chen had said, he said.