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New lawmakers walk red carpet for new session

By Su Fang-ho, Chuang Meng-hsuan and Lin Liang-sheng  /  Staff reporters

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ying, left, wearing traditional Aboriginal clothes, walks along a red carpet at the entrance to the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

The first session of the ninth legislature convened yesterday, with 113 newly elected and re-elected lawmakers reporting for duty at the Legislative Yuan.

Many legislators waited at the Legislative Yuan’s front door before it opened at 8am to be the first to report for work, including Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) and Chen Ou-po (陳歐珀).

First to arrive was DPP Legislator Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬), who entered the Legislative Yuan via a side door without walking the red carpet lined with police officers and reporters.

Cheng said he had not intended to be the first legislator to report for duty.

Some New Power Party (NPP) legislators attracted attention because of their involvement in the 2014 Sunflower movement, which saw protesters occupy the Legislative Yuan’s main chamber in protest against the government’s handling of a cross-strait service trade agreement.

“In 2014, there were many friends who charged into this building because something happened inside that broke the hearts of Taiwanese. After two years, we are back again, entrusted with a commission to change this place and ensure that nothing similar happens ever again,” said NPP executive chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌), referring to the controversial passage of service trade pacts through the Legislative Yuan’s Home Affairs Committee.

Huang walked the carpet with his wife and daughter and was welcomed by the police.

NPP legislators Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明), Kawlo Iyun Pacidal and Hung Tzu-yung (洪慈庸) appeared with their families, with Hung saying: “Legislative reform and transparency are our top priorities.”

NPP Legislator Freddy Lim (林昶佐) was accompanied by his assistant, Sunflower movement activist Wu Cheng (吳崢).

DPP legislators Cheng Li-chun (鄭麗君), Chiu Yi-ying (邱議瑩) and Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), collectively nicknamed “the SHE of the DPP” by Internet users after the pop girl band, made an appearance together.

Hsiao said she was extremely grateful for being able to return to the Legislative Yuan, “especially in the capacity of Hualien representative,” as she competed in a difficult electoral district in the Jan. 16 legislative elections.

DPP Legislator Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘) walked the carpet with his mother and grandmother, saying he wore a newly made suit to welcome a new job, while DPP Legislator Karen Yu (余宛如) arrived with her baby.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said his mood remained the same, despite having stepped down from the post of legislative speaker, which he had filled for 17 years, adding that he would make a different contribution in his new role.

KMT Legislator Chen Chao-ming (陳超明) arrived with his centenarian mother, saying he was thankful for his mother’s support during his decades-long political career.

Accompanied by his parents, KMT Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) said that although the KMT secured only 35 seats in the legislature, the party would still exercise its remaining influence to protect the public.

KMT Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) showed up with her former students from Tamkang University, saying that young people’s support is what the KMT needs most, while KMT Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) arrived with his wife and son.

KMT Legislator Hsu Chen-wei (徐榛蔚) walked the carpet with her ex-husband, Hualien County Commissioner Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁), with Fu saying he was glad to visit the Legislative Yuan as a retired lawmaker and a family member of a new legislator, adding that Hsu Chen-wei would outperform him.

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