TRADING PLACES:The party said that the DPP and KMT had switched their stances on transitions of power since 2008, and shortening the transition would limit controversy
Date: Feb 20, 2016
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Early presidential power transitions should be negotiated to shorten the
interregnum between administrations, New Power Party (NPP) legislators said yesterday.
At a press conference presenting the party’s version of a proposed presidential transition act, NPP caucus whip Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明) called on the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to cooperate to shorten the current four-month transition period.
“The proposed ‘transition act’ should not become a tool for parties to attack each other,” he said, adding that the DPP and KMT had switched stances since the last transition of power in 2008.
In 2008, then-president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) of the DPP handed over power to incoming president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the KMT.
DPP president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), elected in the Jan. 16 presidential election, is slated to take office on May 20. [FULL STORY]