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KMT decides to expel Clara Chou

KMT decides to expel Clara Chou

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on Tuesday decided to expel political pundit Clara Chou, citing her frequent verbal attacks on the party. The KMT's Central Discipline Committee reached a unanimous decision on Chou's party membership, saying that the media personality's comments in recent months have "obviously damaged the KMT's reputation and interests." The matter will be referred to the party's Central Standing Committee for approval. Most recently, Chou has accused President Ma Ying-jeou of accepting political donations from the Ting Hsin International Group, a conglomerate that has been embroiled in a food safety scandal in Taiwan. Earlier Tuesday, Ma filed criminal and civil suits against Chou, 61, accusing her of aggravated libel, a criminal offense punishable by a prison term of up to two years. Ma also demanded compensation of NT$10 million (US$315,457), with published apologies on the front pages of the four major newspapers. Last week, Chou alleged that Ma took NT$200 million in political donations from the Ting Hsin International Group. She has continued to make false claims against Ma even though the president has repeatedly denied the allegations, according to his lawyer. (By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-04-18 11:38 GMT+08:00