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Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang on Tuesday countered opposition Democratic Progressive Party
leader Tsai Ing-wen’s dismissal of a shift to a parliamentary system of government, saying that she was once in favor of such a change and that her opposition now might be a political ploy.
KMT spokesperson Yang Wei-chung said that when she was running for the DPP leadership last year, Tsai declared that “I also support a switch from the presidential system or semi-presidential system to the parliamentary system.”
The KMT move came a day after Tsai told a group of party lawmakers that “the parliamentary system is out of the question,” in her first declaration of her position on a KMT proposal to revise the country’s Constitution to create such a system. Tsai based her claim on what she said is mainstream public opinion in which the majority of the public prefers to directly vote for their president. [FULL STORY]