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DPP to boycott Tainan City Council

DPP to boycott Tainan City Council

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Democratic Progressive Party said Friday it would boycott next week’s session of the Tainan City Council because it suspected that speaker Lee Chuan-chiao wanted to use it to avoid an investigation into vote buying.
Earlier in the week, prosecutors announced they were seeking to have former Kuomintang legislator Lee’s election to the council annulled because a campaign official allegedly bought votes.
Lee denied the allegations and added Friday that the council meeting scheduled to open next Tuesday was completely unrelated to the investigation. The session from January 6 to 15 will invite Tainan Mayor William Lai to provide explanations about his plan to merge two city government departments, reports said.
The Tainan District Court had scheduled an interview with Lee about a suit brought by a DPP councilor on the very first afternoon of the special session, inviting suspicions about the speaker’s motives, the opposition party said. A DPP councilor said the full party caucus would gather outside the assembly hall and make sure Tuesday’s session could not get off the ground.
The DPP also questioned a meeting Lee was planning for Saturday in a remote mountain area, saying it could be meant to adapt versions of the vote-buying incident ahead of questioning by prosecutors. Lee rejected the allegation.
City politics in Tainan have been in turmoil since councilors unexpectedly elected Lee as their speaker on December 25. In the November 29 election, the DPP had won an absolute majority of seats on the council, but eventually five of the party members were found to have deserted its candidate for speaker, allowing Lee to win. At a special meeting in Tainan Wednesday, the DPP’s Central Review Committee decided to expel the five from the party.
Tainan has been considered a DPP stronghold, and Mayor Lai as a potential presidential or vice-presidential candidate for elections in 2016 and 2020.


Updated : 2021-09-19 07:56 GMT+08:00