KMT to go into full offensive on budget

STIRRING TROUBLE:One lawmaker said the party would launch hunger strikes and block the legislature’s rostrum, and the DPP ‘could forget about’ passing any budgets

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 28, 2017
By: Chen Yu-fu, Yang Chun-hui and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writer

Following mounting pressure from the party’s base, a faction of Chinese Nationalist

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators hold up placards in the Legislative Yuan on Friday during a vote on the budget for the government’s infrastucture proposals. The KMT caucus said yesterday it would not rule out hunger strike over the infrastructure budget issue. Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

Party (KMT) lawmakers favoring confrontation on the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program have prevailed over those who favor compromise, sources within the KMT said.

As a result, it is increasingly likely that conflict in the Legislative Yuan will intensify in the coming days, after negotiations about the program broke down on Friday, they said.

During internal discussions, KMT Legislator Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) proposed to engage in a hunger strike — a motion that was seconded by KMT Legislator William Tseng (曾銘宗), the sources said.

After the legislature on July 5 passed the Act on the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program (前瞻基礎建設特別條例) during the legislature’s first provisional session, KMT supporters expressed their anger and disappointment with the KMT caucus’ 34 lawmakers by flooding their social media accounts, they said.

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