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Grand Justices say legislature's refusal is unconstitutional

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Council of Grand Justices yesterday ruled that the legislature's refusal to review a list of nominees for the Control Yuan is unconstitutional.

The Council of Grand Justices issued the constitutional interpretation yesterday in response to a request filed by the Democratic Progressive Party caucus in 2005, asking it to rule on the constitutionality of the legislature's refusal to screen a Control Yuan nomination list.

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) had submitted a list of Control Yuan member nominees in late 2004.

However, the list of nominees has so far not been discussed by the legislature because the legislature's opposition-controlled Procedure Committee has not moved to put it on the legislative agenda.

"The Control Yuan is one of the nation's most significant government organizations," Judicial Yuan Secretary-General Fan Kuang-chun (范光群) said at a press conference yesterday.

"Since the legislature has refused to screen a Control Yuan nomination list, the Control Yuan cannot carry out its work, which damages the nation's constitutional system," he said.

Fan said that the legislature should swiftly convene meetings to examine a Control Yuan nomination list to prevent the unconstitutional situation from continuing.

As a result of the opposition's refusal to review the list, the Control Yuan has been paralyzed since the six-year tenure of the previous Control Yuan members expired in January 2005.

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