Mon, Sep 03, 2007 - Page 3 News List

DPP, TSU want action on Judicial Yuan nominees


The caucuses of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) yesterday called for the Legislative Yuan to approve President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) nominations for the Judicial Yuan as soon as possible.

Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), chief convener of the DPP caucus, and his TSU counterpart, Tseng Tsan-teng (曾燦燈), made the appeal a day before lawmakers from the governing and opposition parties were to meet to negotiate a date for the next legislative session and a timetable for approving nominations for the Judicial Yuan president and vice president and grand justices.

The Presidential Office has sent its list of nominations to the Legislative Yuan for approval.

Chen nominated grand justices Lai Ing-jaw (賴英照) and Hsieh Tsay-chuan (謝在全) for the positions of Judicial Yuan president and vice president respectively. Also on the nomination list are eight candidates for seats on the Council of Grand Justices.

Vice Auditor-General Lin Ching-lung (林慶隆) was nominated to replace Su Chen-ping (蘇振平) as auditor-general of the Ministry of Audit.

Ker said the DPP caucus hoped the new legislative session would begin on Friday. He said he would negotiate with his counterpart from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on the issue today. He added that any refusal to consider the president's nominations for the Judicial Yuan would violate the Constitution.

For his part, Tseng said the TSU Central Executive Committee would call a meeting today to decide when the next legislative session should begin and to set a timetable for reviewing the president's nominations.

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