By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – New Power Party Chairman Huang Kuo-chang said Tuesday he had completed a proposal to strengthen the power of the Legislative Yuan to review appointments.
Several top political nominations, including those of all members of the Control Yuan, have to be approved by vote at the Legislature. However, Huang said most of the reviews before the vote were only empty procedures.
The leader of the small party said he had taken part as an academic in many hearings for nominees to the Council of Grand Justices and the Examination Yuan. Because current legislation was far too vague, the hearings and the following reviews and discussions at the Legislature only occurred pro forma, Huang said. As a result, legislators were unable to play their full role when reviewing the nominations and balancing the government, he said.
Huang used the four-day holiday period to finish writing his legislative proposal to strengthen the powers of review. Once the holiday over, maybe Wednesday, he would propose his document to the full five-member legislative caucus of the NPP, of which he is a member. If it won the group’s support, he would submit it to the Legislative Yuan, he said. [FULL STORY]