The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) plans to propose constitutional amendments to require the president to give an annual state of the nation address to the Legislative Yuan and for the appointment of the premier to be approved by lawmakers, while working with other parties to ensure that the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan can operate independently, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday.
Presiding over the weekly meeting of the KMT’s Central Standing Committee, Chiang cited survey results from a my-formosa.com poll that found that 71.5 percent of the respondents support the idea of an annual presidential address on national policy issues and the economy to the legislature, while 62.8 percent said the president’s nomination of a premier should be approved by the legislature.
The same poll also found that 43.9 percent of respondents felt that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has hurt the nation’s democratic system by the way it handled the nomination and approval of new Control Yuan members, he said.
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About 52 percent said incoming Control Yuan president Chen Chu (陳菊) would not represent the people, he added.
“The basis for our discussions about the constitutional amendments should be to defend our democracy and crack down on the abuse of human rights,” Chiang said.
Under the Republic of China’s political system, the honor of the president is based on their exercising self-discipline, rather than on a balance of powers between the branches of government, he said.
As such, the president has many executive privileges, but bears no responsibility, he said.
The way the Control Yuan nominations were handled shows how a president can destroy the balance of power by a lack of self-discipline, he added.
While the KMT would petition the Council of Grand Justices for a ruling on the constitutionality of the approval of new Control Yuan member, it also plans to conduct a comprehensive review of the Constitution to ensure that the nation’s political system can hold the president accountable, prevent the abuse of executive rights and has a clear separation of powers, Chiang said.
The KMT needs to find the most advantageous position between the US and China, and develop its relations with both nations using a flexible foreign policy, given the conflicts between them, he said.
“President Tsai Ying-wen (蔡英文) had said that we should not forget we are one of the chess players as well. We want to remind Tsai that she should cautiously tread in diplomatic waters. Her priority should be an independent Republic of China and the nation’s 23 million people,” Chiang said.
“She should avoid turning Taiwan into a bargaining chip between the two countries — or an abandoned child,” the KMT chairman added.
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