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Ma calls for early passage of services pact despite Wang's pledge

2014/04/06 15:32

Taipei, April 6 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou called again Sunday for an early passage of the trade-in-services pact with China, despite a pledge by the Legislature's speaker earlier in the day that lawmakers will not review the pact until a law monitoring cross-strait agreements is enacted.

Ma had no knowledge beforehand of either Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's Sunday morning visit to protesters at the Legislative Yuan or his promise that the monitoring rules will be implemented before a review, said Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li.

Li's statement comes after Lin Hung-chih, the legislative caucus whip of Ma's Kuomintang, told reporters that he had not known what Wang planned to say and was "taken aback" by Wang's pledge, which is not in line with the party's insistence on reviewing the services pact first.

(By Maubo Chang)ENDITEM/WH

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