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DPP mulls no-confidence motion against Cabinet

2012/09/16 19:28:02

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Sunday it will discuss the possibility of filing a no-confidence motion against the Cabinet because of what it says is mounting dissatisfaction with the government's performance.

DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien said the party's chairman, Su Tseng-chang, will attend a party convention Monday to discuss whether to file the motion against the Premier Sean Chen-led Cabinet.

If the motion is passed at the party convention, the DPP will submit the motion at the Legislature in the upcoming legislative session beginning Sept. 18.

Su will respect the decision of party members, Lin said.

According to the DPP, Su will also pitch the proposal to lawmakers from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), saying they should take seriously the responsibility of overseeing the government and voicing the needs of the public.

Su recently urged lawmakers to topple the Cabinet, saying, "if the Cabinet does well, no one will dare raise (a no-confidence motion) against it, and the motion will not be supported by the public."

Tsai Chi-chang, a DPP caucus whip, said "the ball is now in the hands of KMT lawmakers," and he urged them to be prepared to make a tough decision.

If the DPP goes ahead with the motion, it cannot pass it without the support of ruling-party lawmakers.

A no-confidence motion requires the backing of a majority of the 113 lawmakers in the Legislative Yuan, which the KMT currently controls with 64 seats.

(By Tsai Su-ping and Ann Chen)