Control Yuan’s decision violates constitution: Lai
Tainan City Mayor William Lai ( ) yesterday said the Control Yuan’s decision to impeach him is an expansion of power violating the nation’s constitution, in the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Central Executive Committee (CEC, ).
Following the impeachment decision Tuesday, Lai remains persistent on not attending council meetings. He asserted that the decision of the Control Yuan violates the Constitution. “According to the Constitution, if there were divisions of opinion among the five Yuans, the president should mediate between them,”
Lai stated that even in local governments, “the Control Yuan intervening in disputes of the administration and parliament is clearly an expansion of power.” He also said that as he has been elected by the people, he is responsible to the people, and that “citizens can decide whether I go or stay, but the Control Yuan has no right to interfere.”
Lai has failed to attend council meetings for the half past year due to vote- buying allegations against Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao (
). In response to Lai’s insistence on not attending council meetings, Lee points out that it is damaging the legal system of the R.O.C.
“If Lai does
attend, he might as well ask for a leave of absence,” Lee said. He hopes that by assigning other officials to attend interpellation sessions and meetings, the city hall can resume operations without being damaged by personal grievances.
With people questioning whether the impeachment is political manipulation, Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen ( ) stated that the decision is made by the Control Yuan, and was legally sent to the Public Functionary Disciplin- ary Sanction Commission (
). “According to the law, the Ministry of the Interior is not required to do anything.” Chen stated that as a competent authority of the Law of Local Systems, only through the cooperation of the executive and parliament, can a mayor’s ideas be put into practice.
DPP officials, including Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan ( ), gave strong support to Lai during the CEC meeting, say- ing the impeachment was politically motivated. Meanwhile, the Kuomintang ( KMT) legislative caucus held a press conference asking Lai to respect the system and attend council meetings as soon as possible. KMT Legislator Chen Shu-huey ( ) said, “The results of democracy in the R.O.C. had been achieved for a hundred years, no man or party is allowed to destroy it overnight.” She added that the mayor should set a good example himself.