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PFP divided over Control Yuan issue

DILEMMA Sources said the party could face pressure from its Hakka contingent if it refused to support Chung Jung-chi for nomination as Control Yuan vice president


Deputy Legislative Speaker Chung Jung-chi (鍾榮吉), a member of the People First Party (PFP), is likely to be named vice president of the Control Yuan, a source at the Legislative Yuan said Thursday.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the PFP, which is entitled to recommend three candidates for the Control Yuan in proportion to its number of seats in the Legislative Yuan, was planning to recommend two of its legislators -- Feng Ting-kuo (馮定國) and Liu Wen-hsiung (劉文雄).

The party had informed PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) of President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) plan to refer a new list of Control Yuan nominations to the legislature for approval.

Soong, however, rejected the suggestion, saying the PFP would not send any recommendation list to the president, the source said.

Asked about the nomination, Feng said he did not know anything about the Control Yuan nominations, adding that he was busy with his bid for re-election in Taichung County.

Meanwhile, PFP sources, who declined to be identified, said that the PFP could face strong pressure from its Hakka contingent if the party were to boycott Chen's new list of Control Yuan nominees, especially if Chung, a Hakka, is nominated for the vice presidential post.

Presidential Office spokesman David Lee (李南陽) said on Thursday that if the opposition-controlled legislature was willing to deal with the Control Yuan nomination issue during its new session, scheduled to open next month, Chen would refer a new list for lawmakers to screen.

The Control Yuan's functions have been suspended since the tenure of its previous members expired on Jan. 31, 2005, while PFP and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers continued to refuse to review the president's nominees, saying the nominees failed to meet public expectations.

On Wednesday, the Council of Grand Justices ruled that the legislature's refusal to review the list was unconstitutional.

The council, ruling in response to a request by Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers for an interpretation of the constitutionality of the legislature's Procedure Committee's refusal to place the Control Yuan nomination review on the legislative agenda, said that such a move violated the spirit and provisions of the Constitution.

The ruling said that the Control Yuan is one of the nation's most significant government bodies, and the Legislative Yuan is obligated to screen the Control Yuan nomination list proposed by the president in line with the constitutional provisions.

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