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TRADE PACT SIEGE: Agenda set for Friday’s plenary session

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The legislature is to resume its plenary session on Friday as caucus whips from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the Democratic Progressive Party and the Taiwan Solidarity Union yesterday agreed on an agenda, including sending draft bills on establishing a monitoring mechanism for cross-strait negotiations to committee review.

Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) held an inter-party negotiation to discuss issues surrounding resumption of legislative operations after protesters end their occupation of the main chamber tomorrow.

The caucus whips agreed that only two issues are to be dealt with on Friday — a referral of all draft bills for a monitoring mechanism to the Internal Administration Committee, including the version favored by the students, and referral of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) request to confirm the nomination of Supreme Prosecutors’ Office head prosecutor Yen Ta-ho (顏大和) to be prosecutor-general to the Judicial Committee for deliberation.

Student protesters burst into the legislative chamber on the evening of March 18, a day after KMT Legislator Chang Ching-chung (張慶忠), chair of the meeting of a joint committee, took just 30 seconds to announce that the cross-strait service trade agreement had cleared the committee review and would be sent to the floor.

Protester leaders have said that the occupation of the legislature would end at 6pm tomorrow.

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