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KMT lawmaker denies ulterior motives

KMT lawmaker denies ulterior motives

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Kuomintang lawmaker Alex Tsai said Tuesday he had no ulterior motives in questioning the legality of President Ma Ying-jeou's run for a third term as the ruling party’s chairman.
Since he first mentioned that Ma was not allowed to run in party elections later this year, Tsai has been attacked by party supporters.
The lawmaker reasoned that since Ma was first elected chairman in 2005 and then again in 2009, the law would consider the two terms as consecutive even though current Honorary Chairman Wu Po-hsiung was chosen as his successor in 2007 after he stepped down facing charges for corruption. Wu only completed Ma’s first term but did not serve a full term of his own, Tsai said.
The lawmaker on Tuesday denied allegations that he had been instructed by opponents of the president to come up with his legal remarks.
He said that the law could not be interpreted by political parties to suit themselves. If Ma was re-elected and someone filed a lawsuit asking to have the election pronounced invalid, it would grow into a major headache for the KMT, Tsai said.
KMT legislator Wu Yu-jen said he would present a legislative amendment to change the Civil Organizations Act because current rules for political parties were too vague. Parties should be able to follow the regulations set out by their own party charter, he said. Wu said the People First Party and the New Party already had rules allowing their chairmen to seek re-election, apparently without term limits.
KMT spokesman Yin Wei said the party was not afraid of challenges and would further explain its position at the regular weekly Central Standing Committee meeting Wednesday. The party reasons that since Ma did not serve out even half his first term, Tsai’s rationale is not acceptable.
Many grassroots activists of the party reportedly supported Tsai, while prominent members were more reluctant to present views different from the leadership. They also warned against publicizing intra-party strife in the run-up to Saturday’s legislative by-election in Taichung City.
Ma’s dismal opinion poll ratings showing only 13 percent of the public supported him and the approaching 2014 local elections were reportedly contributing to moves to have him replaced as KMT chairman.


Updated : 2021-08-04 11:56 GMT+08:00