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Yu to attend commission on KMT assets referendum


Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Yu Shyi-kun will go to an Executive Yuan screening commission this week to explain a proposed referendum on retrieving the stolen assets of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).

Kao Yuang-kuang (高永光), chairman of the screening commission, said the commission would hold a closed-door meeting on Thursday and hold a press conference after the meeting.

The commission held its first official meeting last Wednesday to review a proposal initiated by the pan-green camp and another anti-graft proposal initiated by the pan-blue alliance.

The commission decided to handle both cases and is expected to complete its review in 30 days.

According to the regulations, while convening a meeting the commission can invite the filer of any proposal to attend and explain.

If necessary, related government agencies and experts can also attend.

The two proposals are being led by Yu and Wang Chien-shien, a former minister of finance and legislator, but neither attended last Wednesday's meeting because of other engagements.

When he submitted the proposal on Sept. 4 to the Executive Yuan, Yu said that the retrieving of the KMT's stolen assets would be an implementation of transitional justice and that a referendum would uphold the ideal that "sovereignty lies with the people."

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