Tainan mayor continues council meeting boycott
Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (
) reiterated Tuesday that he will not attend any of the municipality’s council meetings until vote- buying allegations against Tainan City Council Speaker Lee Chuan-chiao ( ) have been addressed through the judicial system.
Lai made the comment after Lee was bailed on charges of votebuying and announced a plan to hold a regular city council meeting later this month.
Lee was released on an NT$ 15 million ( US$ 483,699) bail by the Tainan District Court on April 2 after being indicted by prosecutors the day before for vote- buying, which prosecutors said led to his victory in the city council’s speaker election last December.
The speaker announced Tuesday that he has notified the ruling and opposition party caucuses for a consultation and that the council is set to hold a regular meeting by the end of this month.
Lee said he will not feel pressure if Lai refuses to attend the meetings.
Lai reaffirmed his stance against organized crime and corruption and said he will not attend any more council meetings until the vote- buying allegations against Lee have been addressed.