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KMT drops legal action against legislative speaker in membership case

KMT drops legal action against legislative speaker in membership case

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) The Kuomintang (KMT) will not continue with its legal action against Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (???) over his party membership, the party's chairman said Wednesday. KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) made the announcement during a meeting of the party's Central Standing Committee, ending months of controversy over the membership of the speaker. Chu said the KMT has revised its relevant regulations in line with the court's ruling and it is therefore unnecessary to continue with the lawsuit. The matter will now be handled by the party's new Evaluation and Discipline Committee, based on the revised rules, he said. "Wang Jin-pyng has been confirmed as a member of the KMT without any doubt," Chu said. Wang's party membership was revoked in September 2013 by the KMT's disciplinary committee amid allegations of influence peddling. The decision would have cost Wang his seat as a KMT legislator-at-large and his position as legislative speaker, which he has held since 1999, but he fought back by suing the KMT for stripping him of his membership. Both the Taipei District Court and the High Court ruled in favor of Wang, and the KMT filed an appeal with the Supreme Court late last year. Since the KMT's appeal was filed in the name of its former Chairman Ma Ying-jeou, it will be thrown out by the court unless Chu, who assumed the chairmanship Jan. 19, decides to take over the case. But Chu said he has decided not to do so in an effort to quell the internal disputes over the Wang controversy. The legal action involving Wang's KMT membership has caused a serious rift in the party, KMT Legislator Lu Chia-chen (???) said last month when he was seeking support for a petition to urge the KMT to immediately withdraw the appeal. Lu said the petition had the support of around 20 of the KMT's 63 members in the 113-seat Legislature. Commenting later in the day on Chu's announcement, President Ma said he was disappointed and did not think it was the right decision. (By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:19 GMT+08:00