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KMT postpones decision in Wang Jin-pyng case

KMT postpones decision in Wang Jin-pyng case

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang failed to reach a decision about its legal case against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng Wednesday despite a petition from more than 20 Central Standing Committee members to end the dispute.
At his first CSC meeting since taking office last Monday, new KMT Chairman Eric Liluan Chu reportedly said the issue would be handled later while the Evaluation and Discipline Commission (EDC) would first have some time to prepare a plan.
The confrontation between the KMT leadership and Wang began in September 2013, when prosecutors accused the powerful legislative speaker of having tried to use his influence to stave off a judicial appeal against a non-guilty verdict in a case involving the opposition’s top lawmaker.
As a result, then-KMT Chairman and President Ma Ying-jeou pushed to have Wang expelled from the party. The EDC agreed with him, but the speaker took the case to court. It first granted him an injunction, and later ruled his expulsion unlawful.
Just before last November’s local elections, the KMT decided to appeal the most recent court verdict in Wang’s favor, but the petition by the more than 20 CSC members was designed to cancel that appeal.
At Wednesday’s CSC meeting, Chu reportedly said he understood this was an important case, but a decision would also have to consider respect for President Ma and for the party disciplinary system. The party previously argued that its legal case was not directed against Wang personally but that any cancellation might invite legal action from other previously expelled members.
Huang Chao-shun, the party’s new vice secretary-general who also serves as head of the EDC, was likely to present a plan next week on how to reform the structure of the commission and make it more responsive to public opinion, reports said.
The dispute between Ma and Wang, which dominated the last few months of 2013, was seen as contributing to the president’s low popularity ratings and to the party’s crushing defeat in the November 2014 local elections.


Updated : 2021-09-17 00:48 GMT+08:00