Ex-president payment cuts advance

MORE TO GO?DPP Legislator Yeh Yi-chin said that former leaders should not even be refunded for travel costs and should try to attend as few public events as possible

Taipei Times
Date: May 27, 2017
By: Tseng Wei-chen and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Legislative Yuan passed the first reading of an amendment to the Act of Courtesy for

Members of the Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee discuss an amendment to the Act of Courtesy for Former Presidents and Vice Presidents at the legislature in Taipei on Thursday. Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Former Presidents and Vice Presidents (卸任總統副總統禮遇條例), which might bring about major cuts to payments.

The act stipulates a monthly stipend of NT$250,000 (US$8,300) and NT$180,000 to former presidents and vice presidents respectively for every month they were in office.

“We feel that slashing the courtesy funds for presidents and vice presidents to NT$80,000 per month is reasonable, given that this is not that much more than the maximum pension retirees would receive should pension reforms pass,” Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tuan Yi-kang (段宜康) said.

The plan is to peg the courtesy fund to expected payments once the Act Governing the Recompense for the Discharge of Special Political Appointees (政務人員退職撫卹條例) is amended, Tuan said.    [FULL  STORY]

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