Mon, Oct 16, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Ma, Soong meeting paves the way for cooperation

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said yesterday that Saturday's meeting with People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) had helped prepare the way for future cooperative mechanisms between their two parties.

Ma's comments came after the two met to discuss the recent political situation and reached a five-point consensus to set a basic tone for future two-way collaboration.

According to Ma, the two parties will continue cooperating to block a major military procurement bill and on screening the presidential list of nominees for Control Yuan members at the Legislative Yuan.

Ma said they might also hold talks about December's Taipei mayoral election.

Citing the results of various opinion polls, Ma claimed that the public were tired of the frequent political maneuvering and said that the legislature had more important tasks to deal with, such as sunshine bills, central government budget bills and the major military procurement bill, than launching a presidential recall motion or holding a no-confidence vote.

Ma said it would be more appropriate to consider initiating a third presidential recall motion or calling a no-confidence vote only after the prosecution authorities have come up with a final judgment on President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) alleged role in suspect state affair expenses claimed by the Presidential Office on behalf of the president.

"Taiwan's politics must return to normal," Ma went on, despite the fact that the PFP is slated to put forward a no-confidence vote proposal to topple the Cabinet on Friday at the Legislative Yuan in a bid to pressurize Chen after a second motion to recall him failed to obtain the required two-thirds majority approval.

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