Tsai re­bukes KMT ac­cu­sa­tions of self­ish in­ter­ests

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) shot down ac­cu­sa­tions from Kuom­intang (KMT) Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) and Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsi­uchu ( ) that the DPP’s re­form ef­forts were based upon “self­ish in­ter­ests” af­ter the DPP’s Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing yesterday.

“Our wishes to lower the vot- ing age are based upon let­ting the younger gen­er­a­tion have an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the na­tion’s fu­ture ear­lier,” the chair­woman said.

Re­gard­ing the seem­ingly in­creas­ing defam­a­tory al­le­ga­tions as of late, Tsai ex­pressed her dis­ap­point­ment in fail­ing to see a “dif­fer­ent elec­toral bat­tle,” and also re­marked how it was “more se­ri­ous than the elec­tions four years prior.”

“I will not be en­raged by the KMT,” Tsai said, de­scrib­ing her con­tin­ual per­se­ver­ance as a means to change Tai­wan. “Change is what the cit­i­zens are con­cerned about.”

Tsai fur­ther con­demned the rul­ing party’s dis­man­tling of the failed high-pro­file con­sti­tu­tional re­forms on low­er­ing the vot­ing age to 18

Tsai re­it­er­ated that the con­sti­tu­tional re­forms should be based upon the public will.

“It is clear that the rul­ing party has not con­sid­ered the coun­try’s in­ter­est by con­tin­u­ally push­ing through a pack­aged con­sti­tu­tional re­form pro­posal.”

She fur­ther im­plied that the KMT lacked sin­cer­ity in the in­terparty ne­go­ti­a­tions by con­tin­u­ally re­fus­ing 650,000 af­fected young vot­ers’ vot­ing rights.

The bun­dled pro­posal in ques­tion in­cludes com­bin­ing the Leg­is­la­ture’s power to con­firm the premier and ab­sen­tee vot­ing rights. The two par­ties’ pre­vi­ously ne­go­ti­ated vot­ing age and leg­is­la­tor-at-large amend­ments were also blocked on Tues­day.

The chair­woman said that the failed ne­go­ti­a­tions proved the im­por­tance of “party al­ter­na­tion within the Leg­isla­tive Yuan.”

KMT Should Be Ac­count­able: DPP

In a state­ment re­leased by DPP Spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (

), he ques­tioned KMT cau­cus whip Lai Shyh-bao’s ( ) state- ment that the failed con­sti­tu­tional re­forms were in ac­cor­dance of the KMT “cen­tral com­mit­tee’s wishes.”

”Just whose wishes are we talk­ing about? Chu, Hung, or Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou, who was against the pro­posal since the be­gin­ning?” Cheng re­marked.

He fur­ther de­manded that the KMT should be held ac­count­able, and re­spond to the na­tion re­gard­ing their per­sis­tence in push­ing a pack­aged deal.

In other news, Su

Jia-chyuan ( ), con­vener of the DPP’s elec­tion strat­egy com­mis­sion, an­nounced the DPP’s draft­ing of Leg­is­la­ture nom­i­nees in hard-pressed elec­toral dis­tricts.

Five leg­is­la­tor seats have been re­leased for ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween third po­lit­i­cal forces, Su said. While the elec­tion strat­egy com­mis­sion had sug­gested talks to fi­nal­ize by the end of Septem­ber, Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers have also ap­proved ne­go­ti­a­tions to fin­ish up in Oc­to­ber.

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