Gov't budget bill to be withdrawn soon after new premier takes office

2017/09/05 20:21:07
CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) The government's general budget bill for 2018 will be withdrawn later this week from the Legislature, based on precedent, soon after the newly appointed premier takes office, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Tuesday.

At a provisional Cabinet meeting after Premier-designate Lai Ching-te (賴清德) assumes office Friday, the 2018 budget bill will be withdrawn to allow for possible revisions, after which it will be returned to the Legislature for review, Hsu said.

This is "in line with legal precedent," Hsu said, noting that a similar procedure was followed in 2000 and 2009 when Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) and Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) became premier, respectively.

The government's 2018 budget, which estimates expenditure of NT$1.985 trillion (US$65.49 billion) and revenue of NT$1.8904 trillion, was approved by the Cabinet on Aug. 17 and submitted to the Legislature at the end of August.

However, it will now be returned to the Cabinet, since Premier Lin Chuan (林全) announced that he will stand down Monday and is about to be replaced by Lai.

(By Ku Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu)
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