Wed, Oct 26, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Legislature blocks arms bill again

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The long-stalled arms procurement bill failed to pass the legislature's Procedure Committee for the 34th time yesterday. The pan-blue dominated Procedure Committee voted 18 to 14 to shelve the arms procurement bill as well as confirmation of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) nomination of Control Yuan members and 21 other bills proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus and its ally, the Taiwan Solidarity Union.

As there are many corruption cases awaiting investigation by the Control Yuan, DPP Legislator Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) called on the Procedure Committee to place the confirmation of the president's Control Yuan nominees on the legislative agenda.

Yesterday marked the 16th time the committee has blocked the ratification of the president's list of nominees.

Cheng said that although he would personally support the idea of abolishing the Control Yuan, the government watchdog is required by law to perform its job before the Constitution is amended.

People First Party (PFP) Legislator Hwang Yih-jiau (黃義交) expressed his party's opposition to the confirmation of the president's selections of Control Yuan members, saying that his caucus would not accept nominees recommended by a selection committee made up of figures embroiled in controversy.

He also reiterated his caucus' strong opposition to the arms procurement plan, which he described as "unreasonable" and a plan that has been "hijacked by US arms dealers."

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