The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is considering initiating a no-confidence vote against Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) and his Cabinet, a DPP legislator said yesterday.
“We will wait for the best opportunity after the May 20 presidential inauguration,” DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said, adding that even if the vote is unlikely to succeed in ousting Chen, the DPP would seek to collaborate with other opposition parties in making the political.
Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip Hsu Chung-hsin (許忠信) said his group had approved a no-confidence vote against the premier and was now collecting signatures of endorsement.
Hsu said TSU lawmakers have been disappointed with Chen’s performance since he was appointed in January following the re-election of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and highlighted disappointment over government hikes in fuel and electricity rates and the easing of restrictions on the import of US beef.
On Friday, in line with constitutional protocol, Ma approved the resignation of Chen and his Cabinet to pave the way for a minor reshuffle on May 20. As was expected, Chen was reappointed as premier on the same day.
People First Party (PFP) caucus whip Thomas Lee (李桐豪) urged Ma to clearly define the premier’s role in his inauguration speech, but added that his party would be very cautious in deciding whether or not to join the no-confidence vote because it believes Chen is an “innocent victim” of Ma’s political dominance.
The DPP, which holds 40 seats in the 113-seat Legislative Yuan, and the TSU with a further three, collectively have more than the one-third of votes needed to initiate the action, but they are well short of the 57 votes needed to actually pass such a measure.
KMT caucus whip Hsu Yao-chang (徐耀昌) advised opposition parties to be less critical of the new Cabinet, which he said had yet to hit its stride.