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KMT, DPP state positions in Tainan City Council speaker allegations

KMT, DPP state positions in Tainan City Council speaker allegations

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) What seemed to be a matter of local politics has moved to the national stage now that the ruling and opposition parties have taken opposing stances in the dust-up between the mayor of Tainan and the city council speaker. Speaking in his capacity as acting chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), Vice President Wu Den-yih Wednesday voiced his support for Lee Chuan-chiao, the embattled council speaker who is currently under investigation for alleged vote-buying. Sources said that Wu told a meeting of the KMT's Central Standing Committee that he would have party officials gather information and handle the matter according to the law and reason to give "the appropriate support at the appropriate time" to Lee. The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came down the same day on the other side in support of Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te, who Tuesday refused to attend a city council meeting and pledged to continue boycotting until the allegations against Lee are investigated. DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen said she fully supports Lai's decision not to enter the council building, saying that she "would not let Lai face the matter alone, and the party will stand behind him." The DPP's Central Standing Committee also issued a statement saying that it understands and respects Lai's decision with full support. The DPP called for the KMT to conduct an internal investigation against Lee, who is a member of his party's Central Standing Committee, and asked judicial authorities to get to the bottom of the matter as soon as possible. Prosecutors in Tainan, a powerbase of the DPP, filed a petition with the court on Dec. 31 to invalidate Lee's election as a city councilor. He has been alleged to have bought votes in the Nov. 29 election, and then to have paid off city councilors in a Dec. 25 speakership vote. Lee won with 29 votes in the 57-seat city council despite his party only holding 16 seats. The DPP holds 29. (By Claudia Liu, Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 03:52 GMT+08:00