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No agreement on agenda for special legislative session

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Legislative caucuses failed again yesterday to reach consensus about the agenda of next week's extraordinary legislative session.

"We will have another cross-party negotiation next Monday morning. If the third round of negotiations breaks down, we will have to vote on the date and agenda of the extraordinary session," Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said.

It is expected that the vote will be conducted at Monday's informal meeting, which is scheduled to be held ahead of the extraordinary session.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative caucus and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus both came up with separate motions to convene an extraordinary session.

The regular session ended in chaos on May 31.

A pan-blue camp's proposal to recall the president for his son-in-law's alleged involvement in an insider trading scam is the first of 14 bills listed for review in the KMT's motion. The list includes a bill to authorize the redistribution of electoral boundaries for the legislature.

The bill concerning the electoral boundaries was proposed to pave the way for another pan-blue camp plan -- to topple the Cabinet, as the president might dissolve the legislature following the Cabinet's resignation, which would necessitate a new legislative election.

The DPP caucus lists six budget bills in its motion for a special session, amounting to NT$3 trillion (US$92 billion), which had been previously blocked by the pan-blue camp in the legislature. The budget bills include NT$30.9 billion for a flood-prevention management plan and NT$100.7 billion for a public infrastructure plan.

The DPP caucus whip yesterday suggested postponing the extraordinary session from next week to August, but the pan-blue caucuses opposed the idea.

"If we convene the special session in August, we can also enact or amend necessary bills in accordance with the conclusions reached in an economic development conference slated for July," DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said.

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