Date: February 1, 2016
The ROC Legislative Yuan commenced its ninth term Feb. 1 in Taipei
City, with the Democratic Progressive Party enjoying a majority in the lawmaking body for the first time in the nation’s history.
Opening day saw Su Jia-chyuan, legislator at large and former minister of the interior, elected president of the Legislative Yuan. He is the first DPP lawmaker to hold the post, bringing the curtain down on Wang Jin-pyng of the Kuomintang’s record 17 years in the job. Su’s running mate Tsai Chi-chang was elected vice president.
The DPP took 68 out of 113 seats on offer in the Jan. 16 Legislative elections, relegating the KMT to main opposition party status with 35.
After his election, Su said he would immediately resign from the DPP’s Central Standing Committee and cease all party-related activities. This is in accordance with ROC President-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s pledge to engineer legislative reform and avoid possible conflict of interest in the speaker’s role. [FULL STORY]