Tsai rebukes KMT accusations of selfish interests
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.