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DPP not keen on forming Cabinet during transitional period

2016/01/18 18:17

DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng.

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Monday that it is best for the current Cabinet to stay on during the four-month transitional period before the inauguration of the new administration on May 20.

"There are no provisions under the constitutional system" for a majority party to form a Cabinet during the transitional period, said DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生).

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has said that to facilitate the operation of the government, he wants to appoint a new premier based on the mandate the DPP received in winning both the presidential and legislative elections on Saturday.

Ma expressed the hope that President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will consider his proposal in the interest of the country.

Ma also instructed Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), secretary-general of the Presidential Office, to immediately form a team to handle the transfer of power based on the experience of the previous two handovers as well as major points governing such transfers approved by former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in 2008.

Wang said the DPP respected President Ma's move to form a transitional team and indicated that the DPP will form a similar team to handle the transition of power.

He expressed the hope that the current Cabinet will abide by the constitutional system during the caretaker period to ensure a smooth transfer of power.

Wang also said DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳昭燮) will be mainly responsible for the transfer team, which will start operations in the near future.

But with Wu set to depart for the United States on a short trip later Monday, Lin Hsi-yao (林鍚耀), a campaign manger, will initially take Wu's place, Wang said.

Meanwhile, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) left without taking questions after leading his Cabinet members to resign en masse at a provisional Cabinet meeting Monday.

Mao said he made his stance clear in a statement after Saturday's elections.

Mao said in that statement that a new mandate has emerged after the elections and that he had tendered his resignation to President Ma and would not accept an invitation to stay on.

At a critical time for the global economy, the Cabinet could not make major policies because of the change in power, Mao said, a situation that would seriously affect national development and public welfare and one that forced him to resign.

Vice Premier Simon Chang (張善政) has taken over the acting premier.

President Ma went to Mao's residence Monday morning to try to persuade him to stay on, but Mao would not see him.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Lilian Wu)enditem/ls