DPP unfazed by KMT protest, remains firm on agenda

The DPP regained control of the Legislative Yuan after the KMT staged a 20-hour protest. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) will move forward with a vote on July 17 on the nomination of Chen Chu (陳菊) to head the Control Yuan despite the protest of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨). 

After retaking control of the Parliament (Legislative Yuan), DPP Legislative Speaker You Si-kun (游錫堃) initiated a vote to start the extraordinary legislative session in which 46 legislators voted in favor of the session while 28 legislators opposed it.

The KMT occupied the Parliament for 20 hours between Sunday and Monday and blocked the access to speakers’ podium but to no avail.

To begin with, there will be a public hearing on July 13 for the nominations of the Control Yuan. On the following day, the leader of the Control Yuan will be announced.

This will be followed by a two-day period where the Control Yuan committee members-to-be will be vetted.

On July 17, there will be a vote to approve or reject the nominees. It is expected that the DPP will propose Chen Chu to become the next head of the Control Yuan.  

Throughout this extraordinary session which will end on July 22, legislators are also set to discuss other issues such as the fate of the Examination Yuan and the nominations for the National Communications Commission (國家通訊傳播委員會).

Also, they will discuss an eventual name-change of the national carrier China Airlines, a passport name-change, drafts of an “irrigation and water conservancy associations act” and the inclusion of the public in criminal trials. 

Meanwhile, a public hearing for the nominations of the Examination Yuan will be held on July 7, and the nominees will be vetted the next day.

In addition, the president and vice president of the Examination Yuan will be announced on July 8. On July 9, the nominations for the rest of the committee members will be announced. Finally, on July 10, there will be a vote to either approve or reject the nominees.