Published 12 December 2018
The fate of Taiwan's nuclear power plants has long been a controversial issue, which is particularly noisy when the ruling party is changing. In 2000, the pro-green Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidential election and, then, following Germany's nuclear phase-out in 1998, it proposed a nuclear phase-out and nuclear-free homeland, which would terminate construction of a fourth nuclear power plant and phase out the operation of the three existing nuclear power plants at the 40th year. This policy proposal particularly mandated Taiwan Power Company (Tai-Power), the state-owned electricity provider, not to enforce the budget to construct the fourth power plant, which led to a boycott in the parliament by the majority of the opposition Nationalist Party (Kuomintang, KMT). These tensions created governmental dysfunctions, and, to deal with the impasse, the DPP sought a decision from the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court overturned the budget mandate in Interpretation 520.
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