The People First Party (PFP) believes that the Legislative Yuan's right to approve the president's nomination of the premier should be restored, a PFP caucus whip said yesterday.
PFP Legislator Lee Hung-chun (
The Legislative Yuan lost its power to approve the president's nomination of the premier after an amendment to the Constitution during former president Lee Teng-hui's (
Although the legislature gained the power that year to propose a no-confidence vote against the premier with the support of a majority of the members of the legislature, many opposition lawmakers still believe the legislature cannot effectively check and balance the Executive Yuan.
Lee said that the PFP has not adopted a position yet on whether there should be more amendments to the Constitution, but will leave the matter to its legislative caucus at a meeting today.
Last Tuesday, a number of PFP legislators, including Lu Hsueh-chang (
Although the motion was blocked at the Procedure Committee, leaders of the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) caucus were worried that Lo's motion would eventually be passed with the support of PFP legislators.
Legislator Tseng Yung-chuan (
Lo's amendment would change the government system from a presidential system to a Cabinet system, increase the number of legislative seats in the next legislature from 113 to 164, and lower the threshold for amending the Constitution.