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No-confidence motion against Chen Cabinet fails

2012/09/22 12:11:49

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) A no-confidence motion launched by the opposition against Premier Sean Chen failed to pass the 113-seat Legislative Yuan Saturday.

The motion was voted down 66-46.

All legislators showed up for the voting, except for Kuan Bi-ling of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is currently on a visit to South Korea for her daughter's wedding.

The motion was initiated by the DPP and the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) right after the Legislature opened its second session of the year Sept. 18.

Before the voting taking place, a DPP caucus whip, Ker Chien-ming, described the no-confidence vote as "a duo between public opinions and Ma's opinions."

The DPP initiated the motion out of two reasons, he said, explaining that the party considers Chen's Cabinet a "scarecrow" that has no power over policy or personnel appointments, with President Ma Ying-jeou controlling everything.

And it is the Cabinet that put Taiwan in a dire economic straits, he alleged.

(By Tseng Ying-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)