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Chen now willing to nominate new Control Yuan list

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is willing to renominate his list of Control Yuan members if the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) does not insist on raising the legal threshold for legislative confirmation, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽) dismissed the resolution as "the same old tune."

Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said that whether Chen selects new nominees hinges on the opposition's attitude.

"If the political atmosphere improves and there are no preconditions, such as a higher threshold, then the president would perform his constitutional duty and make new nominations," Cho said, adding that the same applied to the long-delayed arms procurement package.

"If there is improvement, I believe the Executive Yuan and Ministry of National Defense will respond positively," Cho said.

The Presidential Office made the remarks in response to KMT which challenegd the president yesterday to come up with a knock-your-socks-off list of nominees for Control Yuan seats for legislative approval.

The KMT's call came as a surprise about-face amid a protracted standoff between rival political camps. Since the term of the previous Control Yuan expired early last year, the KMT and its ally, the People First Party, have repeatedly stonewalled the inclusion of the president's proposed Control Yuan nomination list into the legislative agenda. As a result, the country's supreme watchdog body has been standing empty for almost two years.

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