Former Presidential Office Secretary General and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu is set to take up the post of Control Yuan president on August 1st. Last week, the Legislature approved her nomination in a vote, with 65 in favor, 3 against and 2 other votes invalid. The Control Yuan is Taiwan’s highest government watch-dog body and is one of the five branches of Taiwan’s central government.
Given that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party holds the majority in the Legislature, the overwhelming support for Chen’s nomination was hardly surprising to anyone. That includes the opposition KMT, which was strongly critical of her nomination. As a matter of fact, the Chen’s nomination was marred by scuffles between Democratic Progressive Party and KMT lawmakers.
Chen stepped down from her post in the Presidential Office and withdrew from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party after learning that she was to be nominated. But while she has officially cut ties with the party, critics still question her impartiality. They also say they doubt her suitability for the job.