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Control Yuan chief welcomes possible review of methods

County magistrate's impeachment in second vote raises concerns over external pressure

Wang Chien-hsien (file photo)
The Control Yuan impeached former Foreign Minister James Huang and former National Security Council secretary-general Chiou I-jen on Jan. 14 for their...

Wang Chien-hsien (file photo)

The Control Yuan impeached former Foreign Minister James Huang and former National Security Council secretary-general Chiou I-jen on Jan. 14 for their...

Taiwan's top government watchdog said yesterday that a review of its methods was welcome after it failed to make public a decision to impeach Taitung County Magistrate Kuang Li-zhen for alleged neglect of duty.
Control Yuan President Wang Chien-hsien described media criticism of the lack of transparency after Tuesday's vote as "fair." The vote of six against five reversed a four-against-six decision in Kuang's favor on Dec. 19, media reported.
KMT member Kuang first made headlines in the national media last July when she chose to continue a tour of Europe instead of coming home to Taitung to guide rescue efforts during a typhoon. Kuang came under attention for her frequent overseas trips, with critics accusing her of spending government funds earmarked for study trips on travels widely seen as mere sightseeing in nature.
Wang acknowledged that the failure to announce the impeachment, and the reversal of the decision gave rise to misunderstandings and could damage the Control Yuan's image.
Yuan official Tu Shan-liang said it was a regulation not to publicize the result of the vote, so they didn't announce it.
The move earned condemnation from both ruling camp and opposition. Outspoken Kuomintang lawmaker Chiu Yi told reporters the Control Yuan should adopt a uniform way of handling such issues, while his fellow ruling party legislator Lee Hung-chun said the watchdog body could not make everyone guess at its decisions.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party demanded full disclosure of the motivation for the vote, and the names of Control Yuan members who voted for or against Kuang's impeachment.
The body should clear up suspicions that it gave in to outside pressure and influence peddling by lawmakers, DPP spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang told reporters.
Kuang herself avoided replying to questions from reporters.
The Committee on the Discipline of Public Functionaries will study Kuang's impeachment before taking appropriate measures, officials said.
The Yuan member responsible for bringing the case against Kuang, Ma Yi-kung, refused to talk to reporters about the case.
Prosecutors are investigating Kuang on suspicions of corruption and violations of government procurement laws.
Kuang was chosen by the KMT as its candidate in a by-election after her husband, Wu Chun-li, was convicted of corruption immediately after winning the 2005 election. The couple even filed for divorce so Kuang could become eligible to run.


Updated : 2021-04-17 00:55 GMT+08:00