Legislature approves president’s Control Yuan nominees

Taipei-The Legislative Yuan on Tuesday approved the 11 people nominated for the Control Yuan by President Tsai Ing-wen (???) 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 (???) 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 (???), who served as Presidential Office secretary-general under President Chen Shui-bian (???) and former DPP legislators Yang Fang-wan (???), Tien Chiu-chin (???) and Walis Perin (???.??).

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 (???) 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.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel