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Presidential Office in crisis: Ma calls on DPP to join recall motion

BUSY BEE The KMT chairman said that the party was gearing up for a third shot at a recall motion and urged supporters in the south to vote the DPP out of office

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou leads the crowd in chanting slogans during a KMT campaign rally in Kaohsiung yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

As the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) prepares to launch a third recall motion against President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), party Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday promised to continue the review of the general budget and arms procurement bill in the legislature.

Ma made the remarks after meeting with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), as the two discussed the political situation following the indictment of first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍).

Ma once again urged the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to support the recall motion.

"The KMT will continue to persuade the DPP through various channels, urging it to distance itself from corruption," Ma said after the meeting at KMT headquarters.

The KMT caucus would propose a recall motion against Chen tomorrow, put the proposal on the legislative agenda on Tuesday, set it up for legislative review on Nov. 10 and, hopefully, vote on the motion as early as Nov. 24, Ma said.

Wang, however, remained cautious, warning that the KMT would have to gather more votes even with the support of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU).

The TSU said on Friday that it would support the pan-blue camp's proposal after the announcement of the first lady's indictment and the implication of Chen.

Although the KMT will push for the recall motion in the following three weeks, Ma promised Wang that the party caucus would continue to review the general budget for next year, and would deal with the arms bill in the current legislative session.

"Both Speaker Wang and I support putting the bill up for legislative review, but due to the change in the political situation, we will deal with it at a more proper time ... We will deal with it in this legislative session," Ma said.

In a separate event, KMT caucus whip Tsai Chin-lung (蔡錦隆) said the caucus had no plan to initiate a no-confidence vote against Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) because if the president were recalled, the Cabinet would have to resign en masse.

Also, the caucus would await the result of the third recall motion before deciding whether to put forward a motion to impeach the president, Tsai said.

Meanwhile, the KMT, which was staging a campaign rally for its Kaohsiung mayoral candidate, Huang Jun-ying (黃俊英), yesterday, used the occasion to round up support for its call asking the president to step down.

Ma led the crowd, many of whom were wearing red, to Kao-hsiung City Hall and urged the people to put an end to the DPP government by voting for the KMT.

"With the Kaohsiung MRT construction corruption scandals and the indictment of the first lady, it's time to put an end to such corrupt political power through your votes," Ma told the crowd.

"Let's crack down on the DPP on Dec. 9, the election day," Ma said.

Huang also called on the people "to denounce the corrupt DPP and give the KMT an opportunity to govern the city."

The KMT is holding a similar rally in Taipei this afternoon.

Additional reporting by CNA

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