With Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) set to leave office, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday called on him to appoint the members of the National Communications Commission (NCC) before he departs.
"Although he is to lead the Cabinet in a mass resignation on Monday, he must do whatever he needs to do before leaving, including appointing the 12 NCC members in accordance with the law," KMT caucus whip Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) said.
The Organic Law of the National Communications Commission (
The legislature last Thursday voted on the 13 NCC nominees, confirming 12 and rejecting one recommended by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
While the Executive Yuan did not receive the NCC nominations from the legislature until Monday, it is not too late for the premier to make the appointment by next Thursday.
The DPP caucus has said it will soon recommend two candidates to the review committee to fill the vacancy left by Lu Chung-chin (
Pan yesterday made the call in response to a remark by Cabinet Spokesman Cho Jung-tai (
Cho said President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) would be consulted on the appointment of NCC members because it would be inappropriate for a caretaker Cabinet to make such a major decision.
The spokesman said it would be left to the new premier to decide whether to request a constitutional interpretation from the Council of Grand Justices on the NCC's composition.