By: Tseng Ying-yu, Tai Ya-chen, Wen Kuei-hsiang and Scully Hsiao
Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Lawmakers across party lines failed Friday to reach
consensus on sending a draft bill monitoring Taiwan’s pacts with China to a legislative committee for review, meaning that further delays for the bill and for a controversial trade pact with China are inevitable.
Lawmakers were expected Friday to vote on a motion to reconsider sending the bill for review by the Legislature’s Internal Administration Committee, more than a year after the bill was drafted to answer student protesters’ calls for increased scrutinty of any agreements Taiwan signs with China.
However, negotiations between ruling and opposition lawmakers broke down over who from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) might chair the review once the motion was voted down, as the ruling party and opposition camp vied for control of the review. [FULL STORY]