Wed, Oct 11, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Legislature to undertake review of recall motion

FAILURE LIKELY The pan-blue camp lacks the necessary two-thirds majority for passage, and a pan-green boycott means the KMT and its allies will discuss it by themselves

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Starting today, the Legislative Yuan will begin a two-day review of the second recall motion against President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), which is to be put to a vote on Friday.

The recall is again likely to end in failure, as the opposition parties lack the necessary two-thirds majority to pass the motion.

Meanwhile, the ruling party and its main ally plan to boycott the legislative review process.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) legislative caucuses have decided to boycott the legislative review as they did previously, leaving pan-blue camp lawmakers to debate the validity of the second recall motion by themselves.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Joanna Lei (雷倩) said that KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) would be present at the first review today, while People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) would attend the third review tomorrow.

"The subject of the first review is a referendum on Chen's remaining in office, and Ma will explain why the legislature should pass the recall motion," Lei said.

In accordance with the Constitution, a recall motion, if passed by the legislature, authorizes a national referendum.

The motion then becomes effective if more than half of the electorate casts ballots, and a simple majority of the ballots cast support the motion.

The second review will focus on the alleged scandals involving the first family, while the subject of the third review is whether Taiwan would improve once Chen resigns, Lei said.

Academia Sinica President Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) and former DPP chairman Lin I-hsiung (林義雄) were invited to attend the review, but they have both turned down the invitation.

DPP Legislator Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said that his party would stick to its original stance with the second recall motion: Chen would not submit a rebuttal statement to the legislature, and DPP lawmakers would boycott the review and also refuse to cast their votes on Friday.

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