KMT urges DPP and TSU to avoid ‘recall’ campaign

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Aug 30, 2013 - Page 3

Several Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday called on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) to step away from the campaign initiated by several civil groups to recall KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇).

Wu topped what the Constitution 133 Alliance, an alliance of civil groups, called a list of “bad” lawmakers to be recalled because of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration’s poor performance.

The DPP and TSU have encouraged their supporters to sign the petition to recall Wu.

KMT Policy Committee head Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) told a press conference that the party has no problem with civil groups launching a recall campaign, but the DPP and the TSU should not to get involved.

A lawmaker who is in a different political party with opposing points of view did not constitute a reason to be recalled, Lin Hung-chih said, adding that rather, it represented “degradation of the democracy.”

KMT caucus whip Lin Te-fu (林德福) said the DPP and the TSU should refrain from partisan hostility, adding: “We could launch a campaign to recall DPP lawmakers, but that would trigger a vicious circle and instability in politics.”