By: Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Chun-hua and Jay Chen
Taipei, May 31 (CNA) Resorting to the same tactics that the other main party adopted when it was in opposition, lawmakers of the Kuomintang (KMT) occupied the podium of the legislative chamber Tuesday to block Premier Lin Chuan (林全) from delivering his first policy report since coming to office.
Lin has to sign a pledge not to lift a ban on U.S. pork containing leanness-enhancing drugs or food products from nuclear affected areas in Japan before KMT lawmakers would allow him to speak, said Lin Te-fu (林德福), a KMT caucus whip.
The premier was due to outline the new government’s policies in an oral report to the Legislative Yuan after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came to power on May 20. In the presidential and legislative elections in January, the DPP also won a majority in the legislature for the first time.
When the DPP was in opposition over the past eight years, its lawmakers successfully blocked the ruling KMT from passing laws or the premiers of the time from making their report on several occasions. [FULL STORY]