‘STEP BACK’:DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said an agreement was reached in return for an adjustment to public hearings on transitional justice legislation
Date: Jun 16, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Marathon negotiations between the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Chinese Nationalist
Party (KMT) caucuses narrowly averted tussles in two key legislative committees yesterday, as parrying over transitional justice legislation continued.
Following talks on Tuesday and yesterday morning with the Internal Administration Committee’s co-convener Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) of the KMT, former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and KMT caucus whip Lin Te-fu (林德福), DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) said an agreement was reached to overturn decisions at a meeting of the committee on Monday night in return for an adjustment to public hearings on transitional justice legislation that the KMT had demanded.
“We have both taken a step back because we want legislative business to proceed smoothly with everyone able to state their views,” Ker said. “Transitional justice legislation is unavoidable because it reflects a core DPP value — as does legislation on illicit party assets.” [FULL STORY]