Tainan mayor con­tin­ues coun­cil meet­ing boy­cott

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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