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Speaker says DPP still can’t initiate presidential recall

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had yet to pass the threshold that would enable it to propose a presidential recall.

Wang told reporters that the DPP, which now has 28 out of the legislature’s 113 seats, would still need to garner the support of one more legislator if it wanted to propose unseating President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

Wang made the remarks after the DPP, buoyed by its win in the legislative by-election in Yunlin County, said it now had enough seats in the legislature to propose Ma’s recall.

DPP caucus whip Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮) said he favored recalling Ma if the DPP had enough seats — a quarter of all legislators — to initiate a proposal.

Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘), head of the DPP’s Policy Research Committee, said the threshold of initiation of the proposal should be 28 since there are currently only 112 lawmakers.

The Central Election Commission still needs to hold a by-election in Nantou since the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is now premier.

KMT caucus secretary-general Lu Hsueh-chang (呂學樟) urged the DPP to refrain from taking an opportunity to humiliate Ma.

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