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No-confidence vote on Taiwan Cabinet to take place today
Publication Date : 22-09-2012
The Taiwan Legislature is set to vote today on the no-confidence motion proposed by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) against Premier Sean Chen. The entire Legislative Yuan, which consists of 113 lawmakers, will convene today to decide the future of the Cabinet. Lin Join-sane, secretary-general of the Kuomintang (KMT), will also attend the voting session.
Lawmakers gathered yesterday at the Legislative Yuan for a review of the no-confidence motion. A total of 69 legislators spoke at the podium.
DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming blasted the administration over the faltering economy, President Ma's inability to implement appropriate measures to ensure the recruitment of professional talents, as well as the premier's failure to initiate effective policies to counter the economic woes of the nation. “The DPP is toppling the Cabinet for the sake of its Constitutional responsibility,” he said.
TSU Legislator Huang Wen-ling pointed out a number administrative officials who she felt should step down, including Shih Yen-shiang, minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs; Yin Chi-ming, minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development; and Wang Ju-hsuan, minister of the Council of Labour Affairs. “The TSU will continue to boycott the premier's administrative reports if the vote does not pass,” Huang said.
The KMT has also geared up for today, mobilising all party members to vote against the motion. Lin Hung-chih, KMT party whip and director of the KMT Policy Committee, said, “We are unanimously against (the no-confidence motion).” Lin also added that several non-KMT lawmakers are also set to vote against the motion.
Wu Yu-sheng, the KMT's chief deputy secretary, said that the DPP's lack of communication proves that the party's only motive is to stir up a political row, and that he does not accept DPP's stated reasons for proposing the no-confidence motion.
Legislator Lin Yu-fang said that it isn't fair to request the premier and the president to step down over economic reasons given that the global economy is stagnant. Lin added, “(The DPP) was in power for eight years, but did nothing toward the development of emerging markets.”
In order for the motion to pass, more than half of the Legislature must vote for it, requiring at least 57 lawmakers. The DPP, which has 40 seats in the 113-seat Legislative Yuan, has more than one-third of the votes needed to successfully topple the Cabinet if it wins backing from the TSU, which holds three seats in the Legislature.
The opposition, however, still commands several votes less than the required amount. Even if it were to get another three votes from the People First Party, along with support from three other independent lawmakers in the Legislature, they will still need extra votes from legislators of the majority KMT, which holds 64 seats.