Mon, Sep 19, 2005 - Page 3 News List

TSU insists on brand-new constitution for the nation

STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should convene a consultative conference for the establishment of a new constitution suitable for Taiwan's 23 million people as soon as possible, the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said yesterday.

Calls

According to TSU legislative caucus whip Mark Ho (何敏豪), Chen should hear the calls from the Taiwanese public, demanding a whole new constitution for the nation.

Chen has been favoring having the existing constitution amended for years, saying that the governmental system in Taiwan is neither a presidential system nor a dual executive system, according to the TSU. Recently, the Presidential Office launched a series of activities aimed at empowering the public on issues related to rewriting the Constitution.

Chen said last week that the Constitution has to be amended, based on public opinion, in an active process moving from the grass roots up.

"Rewriting the Constitution can eventually be headed by the public itself with the government only an assistant [in the process]," Chen said last week.

However, TSU legislators share a different opinion. Ho said that in Taiwan, the president can only dissolve the legislature passively. This measure can only be taken after the legislature establishes a vote of no confidence against the Cabinet.

`Suitable'

"The best way to break the political deadlock is by establishing a brand new constitution that is suitable for Taiwan and meets the demands of Taiwan's 23 million people," Ho said.

He said that Chen should convene a consultative conference as soon as possible to discuss related issues, in a bid to form a clear governmental system for Taiwan.

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