By: Wen Kuei-hsiang, Sophia Yeh, Jay Chen and Kay Liu
Taipei, Feb. 1 (CNA) Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) of the Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP) was elected Monday as speaker of the Legislative Yuan on its opening day, garnering 74 votes from the 113 lawmakers.
With his election, Su has become the first DPP member to preside over Taiwan’s lawmaking body, where his party has 68 seats and the support of the only independent lawmaker, Chao Cheng-yu (趙正宇).
Su thanked the caucuses of his party and the New Power Party (NPP) for their backing in the speaker election.
The NPP, which was only established a year ago, controls five seats and is the third-largest party in the newly sworn-in Legislature. [FULL STORY]