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Bill prioritized to bar China residency holders to run for office

2019/02/18 22:55:23

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Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government and party legislators agreed Monday to prioritize a bill that would bar a person to run for public office in Taiwan if he or she holds a residence permit from China.

The bill stipulates that unless the Chinese permit is relinquished, the card holder is ineligible to take part in any public election or serve as a public employee, such as public school teacher or member of the Armed forces, Cabinet spokesperson Kolas Yotaka said.

Holders of Chinese residency cards would also be required to report any intention to run for public positions to Taiwanese authorities, according to the proposal, the spokesperson said.

The consensus to make the bill a priority in the current legislative session was reached at a meeting between the Executive Yuan and the Legislature hosted by Deputy Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and DPP legislative caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘),

The bill was one of 47 bills to be prioritized for review during the session, which started last Friday.

Another bill put on the priority list was one that would subject any peace agreement with China to a national referendum.

The legislation, which would amend the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, calls for a national referendum to be held before any cross-Taiwan Strait peace agreement can be formally signed.

The Cabinet's push to get the amendment passed early this session came after opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said on Feb. 14 that the KMT could sign a peace treaty with Beijing if the KMT regains the presidency in 2020.

On Monday, Wu reiterated that if the KMT regains power, the party is willing to negotiate a peace agreement with China on the premise of safeguarding the rights and sovereignty of the Republic of China.

Regarding the Cabinet's national referendum, KMT caucus whip Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said the bill will only increase barriers to cross-strait dialogue.

But DPP Legislator Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said he supported the bill because Taiwan's future should be decided by Taiwanese through a referendum and not by any political party.

(By Ku Chuan, Yu Hsiang, Evelyn Kao and Ko Lin)
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