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Ma not to take questions after national report: Presidential Office

2012/04/25 18:35:12

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) The Presidential Office rejected a report Wednesday that President Ma Ying-jeou is assessing the possibility of giving a "general response" to legislators' questions following his state of the nation report.

Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi dismissed the report as inaccurate, saying it would violate the Constitution if the president accepted questions from legislators, whether in the form of an alternating question-and-answer format or as a "general response."

Fan Chiang pointed out that according to the Constitution, the Executive Yuan, not the president, is responsible to the Legislative Yuan.

If legislators are allowed to question the president, it will confuse the constitutional roles and duties of the president and premier, he said.

Earlier this month, a group of opposition legislators formally submitted a proposal to invite Ma to deliver a state of the nation report at the Legislature.

Ma has said he will accept the invitation if the proposal is adopted by the Legislature, as long as the related arrangements comply with the Constitution.

The Constitution stipulates that lawmakers can hear a president's state of the nation report at its annual meeting, but there is no precedent for such an event.

(By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)