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Legislative Speaker eyes inauguration with relish

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) yesterday concurred with premier-designate Lin Chuan’s (林全) statement that there would be no “honeymoon period” for the government following the Cabinet’s inauguration.

“Once the administration is inaugurated on May 20, many policy initiatives have to be launched,” Su said. “The legislative session began almost two months ago and once the general question-and-answer session with the [incumbent] Cabinet is over, [the general assembly] is scheduled to start reviewing bills, so there is no room for the incoming administration to enjoy a honeymoon period.”

Asked whether he would meet with Lin to discuss draft bills, Su said a discussion is likely to take place in the next few days over what bills are to be placed at the top of the legislative agenda for the government to review as soon as it takes office.

Asked if he thinks that a motion proposed by a lawmaker calling on the legislative speaker to withdraw from cross-caucus negotiations on the basis of impartiality had a “specific target,” Su said that the lawmaker who proposed the motion might believe that a cross-party negotiation without the participation of the legislative speaker and the deputy legislative speaker would be “less biased.”

“However, I do not think that the lawmaker meant to ‘hollow out’ [the legislative speaker’s power],” he added.

As to whether the negotiation would be more neutral without the legislative speaker presiding over the talks, Su said the issue has to be thrashed out by all party caucuses, and the small parties’ stances in particular need to be taken into account.

“If the cross-party negotiation is to be presided over by [the whip of] the majority party, a possible dispute could arise in which the majority party is an opposition party, but the legislative speakership is obtained by the other parties based on cross-party collaboration.” Su said. “Would it then be the majority party caucus whip or the legislative speaker presiding over the negotiation? So the motion would require further deliberation.”

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Su Chiao-hui (蘇巧慧) motioned the bill last week and it has been said that it was tailor-made for DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

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