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Nominee lists for Control Yuan slow in arriving

PARTY POLITICKING The Presidential Office asked the parties to submit their nominations within a week, but as of yesterday only the TSU had complied

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

On the final day for parties to nominate Control Yuan members, the Presidential Office said it hoped the legislature would confirm the president's nominees during this legislative session.

The Presidential Office sent a letter to political parties on Dec. 26, asking them to recommend candidates for the Control Yuan within a week.

Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽) said yesterday that they had not received recommendations from all the parties.

"The president still hopes the parties recommend candidates so the legislature can confirm the president's nominees before the legislative session ends and the government watchdog can resume operation," Lee said.

The legislature, which is scheduled to go into winter recess on Jan. 19, has refused to confirm President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) Control Yuan nominees for more than two years.

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday it would be difficult to complete the confirmation process before the session ends.

Whether the legislature will call a provisional meeting to address the nominations is open for discussion, he said.

Although all the parties want to see the Control Yuan resume operation as soon as possible, Wang said it would take the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) at least three weeks to a month to present its recommendation list.

Wang made the remarks after meeting KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for lunch yesterday.

Ma said the party needed time to make the recommendations and would formulate a set of standards for future recommendations for the Control Yuan, Judicial Yuan and Examination Yuan.

Later in the day the party announced the six members of its committee who will review the Control Yuan nominees recommended by the party.

In addition to Ma, the committee members are Chang Po-ya (張博雅), convener of the KMT's integrity committee; former vice premier Liu Chao-Shiuan (劉兆玄); former United Daily News chairman Chang Cho-ching (張作錦); China Times Weekly president Huang Chao-sung (黃肇松); former National Chengchi University president Cheng Ting-wong (鄭丁旺) and Chen Chin-jang (陳金讓), a member of the party's steering committee.

KMT spokesman Huang Yu-cheng (黃玉振) said that the party wanted to nominate people who are professional and have integrity.

It would consider non-KMT members as well, Huang said, adding that it will run newspaper ads to encourage the public to recommend candidates.

Meanwhile, although the People First Party had planned to submit its list of nominees by Friday, it decided to hold off.

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) said they had nominated TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) and former TSU legislator Cheng Chen-lung (程振隆).

The Democratic Progressive Party had previously announced it would not submit a list.

The Presidential Office has denied rumors that Chen had decided -- as a goodwill gesture -- to allow parties to nominate candidates in proportion to the seats each party holds in the legislature.

Additional reporting by Mo Yan-chih

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