KMT head proposes to limit power of Taiwan president

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang says that in light of President Tsai’s abuse of power, the KMT will look to propose constitutional amendments to control the powers of the president.

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) proposed on Wednesday to look into at three constitutional amendments that would restrict the powers of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Speaking at an event in Changhua (彰化), Chiang said the recent nomination of Chen Chu (陳菊) as the new president of the Control Yuan (監察院) highlights the inability of the president to be responsible and control her own power.

Chiang argued that Tsai has successfully extended her own presidential power by putting in power people she has connections with. As a result, Chiang added that it would be necessary for the KMT to propose measures to further check the president’s decisions.

Regarding the planned abolishment of the Control Yuan and the Examination Yuan, Chiang expressed his belief that these are topics that can be discussed.

However, he stressed the importance of maintaining checks and balances after these two branches of government are abolished.

To this end, Chiang said that he has already reached out to the National Policy Foundation (國家政策研究基金會) to find ways to help the government find its balance.

Chiang said that the KMT will not only propose amendments to expand political participation, require a presidential report and restore the right to reject cabinet members but will also find consensus within its own party to challenge the ruling party’s habit of making empty promises.