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KMT expels 5 critical members

KMT expels 5 critical members

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The ruling Kuomintang on Wednesday announced it was expelling five members, including a prominent legislator, reportedly for being too critical of the party.
The measures were proposed by the Evaluation and Disciplinary Commission on Wednesday morning and were confirmed by the Central Standing Committee at its regular Wednesday afternoon meeting. The move came just days before the July 19 party congress and in the run-up to the crucial January 16 presidential and legislative elections.
The five KMT members slapped with expulsion were legislator Chi Kuo-tung, Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-yuan, former lawmaker Chang Sho-wen, former city councilor Yang Shih-chiu and Central Committee member Lee Po-jung.
Chi’s removal would immediately cost him his seat at the Legislature because he was a so-called at-large lawmaker, with his seat decided by the percentage his party won at the election. He would also be replaced by the next candidate on the list in the previous election, meaning the KMT would not see its total of 64 seats out of 111 cut. Chi’s successor was reportedly National Chengchi University associate professor Mignonne Chan. Independent lawmaker Chen Hsuen-sheng recently announced he would join the KMT, but he was not yet included on the Legislative Yuan website.
Chang had already left the KMT and joined the People First Party, for which he would be trying to win a legislative seat in New Taipei City.
Chi, Yang and Lee Ching-yuan were reportedly targeted because they often appeared on television talk shows during which they expressed vocal criticism of President Ma Ying-jeou, the government and the KMT. Lee Po-jung was described by the media as a vocal critic of KMT presidential contender Hung Hsiu-chu.
Under recently modified rules, members who are expelled from the KMT have to wait six instead of three years before being allowed to apply to rejoin.
In a first reaction, Chi called on the party to calm down and to consider its actions instead of descending into chaos. He reportedly said he was not considering filing any appeals against the party decision.


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:30 GMT+08:00