In one rare example of cross-party harmony, the legislature yesterday passed a joint resolution proposed by all caucuses supporting President Chen Shui-bian's (
The legislature agreed unanimously on the proposal, which was pushed forward to be the first bill to be discussed on yesterday's legislative agenda.
Thrilled by the unusual harmonious atmosphere, some pan-green legislators began chanting "Speaker Wang, run for the president" and "Speaker Wang, go, go go." Wang responded with a big smile and raised both hands in the air to signify victory.
Meanwhile, despite the unanimous resolution passed by the legislature in support of Wang, the ministry of foreign affairs has chosen three candidates to substitute for him, the Central News Agency (CNA) reported yesterday.
The three are President of Academia Sinica Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲), who has twice represented the country at the APEC informal leadership summit, Lin Hsin-yi (林信義), convener of the economic advisory group to the president and a former economic affairs minister and Perng Fai-nan (彭淮南), governor of the central bank.
As Lee has said previously that he has no intention of attending this year's summit, it is believed that Lin is the most likely candidate to be the president's envoy due to his affiliation with the Presidential Office, CNA said.
When asked by the press for confirmation on the likelihood of Lin being chosen, Director-General of the Presidential Office's Department of Public Affairs Chen Wen-tsung (陳文宗) said last night that he could "neither deny nor confirm" the matter.
He added that Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General James Huang (
Before legislators voted on the Wang resolution yesterday, caucus leaders took to the podium to express their party's stance on the matter.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip William Lai (賴清德) said that it was necessary and important to support Wang to represent the president at the meeting, especially in the face of China's suppression of the nation's international and diplomatic space.
He also expressed regret over opposition leaders, who he said have failed to voice the nation's opposition to Beijing's rejection of Wang's appointment.
Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip Mark Ho (
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Cho Po-yuan (
People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Hwang Yih-jiau (
Hwang also pledged to use "non-official" channels to communicate with the Chinese government in order to help make the trip possible.
Additional reporting by Chang Yun-ping and Chiu
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