Con­trol Yuan’s de­ci­sion vi­o­lates con­sti­tu­tion: Lai

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY GRACE TING- ANN LEE

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

not

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.

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