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Citizen judge system to be established

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The government has decided to establish a citizen judge system to ensure public participation in the judicial process after the National Congress on Judicial Reform failed to reach a decision on the issue.

A draft act for the new system is to be proposed next month.

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Time to start working on direct democracy: Ko

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, right, blows out the candles on a cake during a rice harvest event in Beitou District yesterday, which was also the mayor’s birthday.
Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

With the accessibility of the Internet, now is the time to transition from a representative democracy to a direct democracy, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.

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Silent marchers urge referendum reform

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Members of the People Rule Foundation yesterday march in Taipei in a silent appeal to President Tsai Ing-wen to honor her promise to amend the Referendum Act.
Photo: CNA

About 40 members of the People Rule Foundation yesterday marched in Taipei in a silent appeal to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to honor her promise to amend the Referendum Act (公民投票法) by the end of the year, which they said is an important step toward “normalizing” the nation.

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Women’s league Web site lists ties to KMT branch

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A Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Central Committee branch was listed among the branches of the National Women’s League on the organization’s Web site, despite the latter claiming that it is not affiliated with the KMT.

Founded by Chiang Kai-shek’s (蔣介石) wife Soong Mayling (宋美齡), the league’s assets have attracted scrutiny over allegations that it illegally profited from its ties to the KMT’s authoritarian regime.

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League’s demands unlikely to be met

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Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee chairman Wellington Koo adjusts his coat in an undated photograph in Taipei.
Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

Demands by the National Women’s League that the government halt all investigations into its assets and affiliated organizations are its “unilateral opinions and wishes” that have already been rejected or are unlikely to be agreed to, an Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee member said yesterday.

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MAC urges public not to use Chinese passports

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The The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday urged the public not to use People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports because it puts them at risk of losing the rights and benefits they have as Republic of China (ROC) citizens.

The council statement followed a report by Hong Kong-based Super Media on Friday that China might launch a pilot program to issue passports for people living in what it describes as the “Taiwan Special Administrative Region” (SAR) as part of its efforts to “solve the Taiwan problem.”

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Taiwan should support US’ WHA bill

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US Representative Ted Yoho speaks at a panel discussion at a US government infrastructure event in Washington on Wednesday.
PHOTO: Bloomberg

US support for Taiwan to participate in next year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting as an observer must be met with supporting action by the Taiwanese government, former Ministry of Health and Welfare representative to Geneva Chang Wu-hsiu (張武修) said.

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Members of People Masters walk past the entrance to Liberty Square in Taipei yesterday at the launch of a campaign urging legislative candidates to push for revisions to the Referendum Act if elected.

Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

People Masters, a civic group advocating amendments to the Referendum Act (公民投票法), yesterday launched a campaign urging legislative candidates to promise to push for revisions to the law if elected.

Wearing traditional hats made of bamboo leaves and T-shirts with the words “People are Masters,” about 100 volunteers from the organization gathered at Liberty Square in Taipei to go through a brief training session before departing for a march around the city to hand out fliers.