Feb 19, 2019 Politics Comments Off on Premier Su declines to sign ‘independence referendum petition’
Taipei, Premier Su Tseng-chang Tuesday indicated he would not sign a petition to change the Referendum Act so Taiwan can hold a referendum on independence as proposed by the pro-independence Formosa Alliance, saying Taiwan is already a sovereign country.
Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Ko Chih-en asked the premier during an interpellation session if he plans to sign the petition while asking why the Presidential Office and Executive Yuan have dodged questions about the referendum push and not yet issued a statement on the matter.
In response, Su said "no," he does not plan to sign the petition.
The alliance called on local lawmakers on Jan. 31 to make clear their stance on revising Taiwan's Referendum Act to allow people to votes on issues concerning Taiwan's future.
The Referendum Act currently does not allow votes on matters that require amendments to the Constitution and sovereignty issues fall within that category, which is why the alliance is calling for the law to be changed.
Chen Yi-min another KMT lawmaker, pointed out that the premier's predecessor Lai Ching-te labeled himself a "pragmatic worker for Taiwan independence" and asked how Su would characterize his own position.
Su replied that he believes Taiwan is already an independent country and his job as premier is to safeguard naional sovereignty and work for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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