Date: Feb 20, 2016
By: Loa Iok-sin / Staff reporter
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators yesterday rebutted
allegations from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) that DPP legislation on the transition of presidential power is unconstitutional, adding that recent frequent shifts in government positions show that such a law is necessary.
Lai said that legislation to regulate what an outgoing president may do, which items should be transferred to the incoming president and the legal status of the incoming president might be unconstitutional, since it would put restrictions on the presidential power granted by the Constitution.
DPP legislators Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) and Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) yesterday disagreed.
“The reason why we need such legislation is that, after democratization, rotation of power has become usual, yet how the transition of power should proceed and what the outgoing president may or may not do are not regulated by any law,” Lee said. “In 2008, the KMT also proposed similar legislation, which would freeze the outgoing president’s power to sign treaties and agreements, as well as appointing officials.” [FULL STORY]