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DPP party asset act ‘unconstitutional’

POLITICAL GAMES:KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu said the new act is aimed at destroying the KMT and installing the DPP as the sole, uncontested party in Taiwan

By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu yesterday speaks at a news conference on the party’s ill-gotten assets at the party’s headquarters in Taipei.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

The Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations (政黨及其附隨組織不當取得財產處理條例) is filled with clauses that are unconstitutional, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) said yesterday, adding that the KMT would file for a constitutional interpretation by the Council of Grand Justices regarding the implementation of the act.

However, the KMT would first request a constitutional interpretation on the Law of Interpretation Procedures For Grand Justices (司法院大法官審理案件法), which states that a request for an interpretation may be filed only if one-third of incumbent legislators sign a petition, Hung said.

The Legislative Yuan has 113 seats, of which the KMT holds 35. According to the current law, the KMT needs at least 38 signatures to file for an appeal.

Hung said that the KMT plans to ask the council to make an exception for the party, which would then enable it to file another request for the council to make a constitutional interpretation of the ill-gotten properties act.

“The Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] government claims that the [ill-gotten properties] act is a part of the implementation of transitional justice, but it is only a political move to destroy the KMT and install themselves as the sole, uncontested, political party in Taiwan,” Hung said.

“The DPP said the act was based on Taiwan being a nation ruled by law and used East Germany as an example of how the party expected the act to handle the KMT’s assets, but it is only an attempt to cover up the unconstitutional clauses in the act,” she said.

“East Germany was a Soviet Union-backed Communist autocracy and lacked democratic legitimacy in the first place, and after the reunion of the two Germanys into modern Germany, there was ample reason to handle the party assets under the Socialist Unity Party of Germany,” she added.

However, Hung said that Taiwan’s democratic constitutional order has not been interrupted since the Republic of China (ROC) announced the implementation of its Constitution in 1947, under which the DPP has been elected to the presidency twice and there have been three alternations of political power since 2000.

KMT Evaluation and Discipline Committee Chairman Liu Han-ting (劉漢廷) said that despite the unorthodox method the party is taking to request constitutional interpretations, the 1,125th interpretation given on Sept. 10, 1999, said that while parties and individuals could not request a constitutional interpretation until all other judicial options have been exhausted, if the facts surrounding the incident are clear and the incident is clearly related to the Constitution, the council could accept individual requests for interpretations.

Hung said that the KMT has pointed out at least 10 items in the act that it believes are unconstitutional, adding that the KMT hopes the Council of Grand Justices will accept the party’s petition in order to protect Taiwan’s democracy.

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