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Legislature approves president's Control Yuan nominees

2018/01/16 13:38:10

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday approved the 11 people nominated for the Control Yuan by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in a vote that went along party lines.

With a clear majority in the Legislature, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party easily confirmed Tsai's nominees to fill 11 Control Yuan seats left open after then-president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was only able to get 18 of his 29 nominees approved in 2014.

The approved nominees will start serving in their positions immediately and continue in their roles until their terms end on July 31, 2020.

Among the new Control Yuan members are Chen Shih-meng (陳師孟), who served as Presidential Office secretary-general under President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and former DPP legislators Yang Fang-wan (楊芳婉), Tien Chiu-chin (田秋堇) and Walis Perin (瓦歷斯.貝林).

The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and People First Party boycotted the vote because they felt the nominees were too politically partisan in what should be non-partisan posts.

KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said Monday that many of the nominees have previously called for the abolishment of the Control Yuan, so to see them nominated to serve in that branch of government seems to lack legitimacy.

One KMT legislator cast a vote for Walis Perin but the other nominees received their support from the DPP, which holds 68 of the 113 seats in the Legislature, and the pro-green New Power Party, which holds five seats.

The Control Yuan is the branch of government in charge of investigating wrongdoing by public employees and officials and government agencies and censuring or impeaching those found to have acted improperly.

(By Wang Cheng-chung, Tsai Chia-lin, Justin Su and Kuan-lin Liu)