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James Soong's proposal is unrealistic, says GIO boss

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) proposal asking the pan-blue legislative caucuses to suspend the current legislative session in protest at President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) announced intention to scrap the unification guidelines is not practical, Cabinet officials said yesterday.

"Soong's suggestion is impractical, but we do respect his right to make his voice heard," said Government Information Office Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) when approached by reporters yesterday morning.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) has launched a signature drive aimed at collecting enough support from legislators to impeach the president. Ting said that Chen's intent to scrap the National Unification Council and unification guidelines is a dangerous move for the country.

When asked by the press for comments on Ting's proposal, Soong said that it was insufficient.

"We [the pan-blue camp] should simply ask our legislative caucuses to propose an extraordinary proposal to suspend the current legislative session," said Soong, who made the remarks while attending former premier Sun Yun-suan's (孫運璿) funeral yesterday morning.

In response, Cheng said yesterday that there were various ways for politicians as well as their parties to express opinions. The legislature should remain in operation, he said, because lawmakers are elected by the people and are supposed to serve them without interruption.

Cheng said it was his understanding that the PFP legislative caucus had not taken Soong's remarks into consideration.

"Even if [the PFP legislative caucus] does that in the near future, I believe that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) will do his job and work something out. The Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus will also react and boycott such an impractical proposal," Cheng said.

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