DPP leg­is­la­tor lodges com­plaint over Chu’s at­tempt to oust Hung

At­tempted oust­ing of Hung prompts va­ri­ety of re­sponses

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

A Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) law­maker lodged a com­plaint ac­cus­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) of break­ing the law with his al­leged at­tempt to per­suade pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) to drop out of the race, one of the di­verse re­ac­tions to the al­leged ef­fort. DPP Leg­is­la­tor Chen Ting-fei (

) said a state­ment by Hung on Tues­day re­vealed that Chu and Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Lee Shih-chuan (

) had vi­o­lated the Pres­i­den­tial and Vice Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion and Re­call Act dur­ing three pri­vate meet­ings re­port­edly held to sway the can­di­date to exit the race in ex­change for un­spec­i­fied ben­e­fits.

Hung re­port­edly stated her re­fusal to ac­cept any terms to step down as the party’s can­di­date bid three times in her state­ment.

Chen said she also ex­pected Jus­tice Min­is­ter Luo Ying-shay ( ) to keep her prom­ise to “in­ves­ti­gate should any­one re­port Chu’s al­leged of­fense,” which Luo made dur­ing Tues­day’s leg­isla­tive in­ter­pel­la­tion. The com­plaint was handed in to the Taipei Dis­trict Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice.

Var­ied Re­sponses

The KMT’s at­tempts at scut­tling Hung’s pres­i­den­tial bid also bled into af­fected par­ties, prompt­ing var­ied re­sponses rang­ing from the dis­mayed, the cau­tious and the vit­ri­olic.

For­mer Con­trol Yuan Pres­i­dent Wang Chien-shien ( ) said he found the Hung sit­u­a­tion un­fath­omable. Wang lamented in a post on his Face­book page that the KMT, a once sig­nif­i­cant party with 100 years of history be­hind it, had sunk to such depths: “KMT founder Sun Yat-sen must be cry­ing in heaven.”

Amid the at­tempted oust­ing of Hung, who has stead­fastly re­fused to budge from her po­si­tion in the pres­i­den­tial race, DPP pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Tsai Ing-wen ( ) spoke of be­ing cau­tious dur­ing her trip in Ja­pan: “We can only con­tinue to ob­serve the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion evolv­ing within the KMT. We will still fol­low our own pace in this cam­paign, re­gard­less of who the KMT de­cides to nom­i­nate.”

For­mer DPP Chair­man Frank Hsieh ( ), who took the helm at the DPP’s Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, called the con­flict a house­keep­ing is­sue within the KMT, but “still ex­pressed hopes of see­ing them re­solv­ing it as soon as pos­si­ble.”

How­ever, for­mer Premier Yu Shyi-kun ( ) was more caus­tic in his opin­ion of the pos­si­bil­ity of KMT Chair­man Chu’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy. “Will he be a suit­able pres­i­dent?” Yu said with a sub­tle nudge to­ward Chu’s other role as New Taipei City Mayor. “Re­gard­less of whether Chu will run for pres­i­dent as mayor, New Taipei City cit­i­zens still re­quire a good mayor who will look af­ter their needs.”

For­mer Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Min­is­ter Kuan Chung-ming ( ) re­port­edly fired off his opin­ions on his Face­book page, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media, call­ing Chu “hope­less” due to his “in­abil­ity” to work within the KMT sys­tem and “lack­ing wis­dom” in man­ag­ing the cri­sis.

“Has Chu ever man­aged to sta­bi­lize the greater pic­ture in the past three months? Made a dif­fer­ence?” Kuan blasted, ques­tion­ing Chu’s de­fense of re­plac­ing Hung as can­di­date, who said “it was his re­spon­si­bil­ity” to do so.

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