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Short list drawn for potential Control Yuan candidates


A screening panel at the Presidential Office has selected 40 candidates from more than 200 hopefuls for possible Control Yuan posts, sources said on Wednesday.

The sources said the Presidential Office had received more than 200 recommendation letters prior to the June 5 deadline.

The screening panel held its first meeting on Wednesday to review the letters and came up with a tentative short list of 40 candidates.

The short list was agreed on by all members, the sources said, adding that selection work was in the final stages.

The panel is to present a final list to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for reference in the next few days, the sources said.

Ma will then select from the list 29 candidates for Control Yuan seats, including the president and vice president of the body, which is the government’s supreme watchdog tasked with monitoring conduct of political appointees, elected officials and senior civil servants.

The president is scheduled to submit the Control Yuan nomination list to the Legislative Yuan on June 23 for review.

The Control Yuan seats have been empty since the term of office of the previous members expired on Jan. 31, 2005, after the pan-blue camp refused to review former president Chen Shui-bian’s (陳水扁) nominees.

Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) declined to comment on the recommendation list for Control Yuan seats. He was also tight-lipped on reports that Ma would nominate former minister of finance Wang Chien-hsien to head the oversight body.

Earlier media reports said former National Chinan University president Lee Chia-tung (李家同) and Chien Hsi-chieh, chief executive of the Peacetime Foundation of Taiwan, had been tapped for Control Yuan posts, but the screening panel declined to confirm the reports.

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