DPP legislator lodges complaint over Chu’s attempt to oust Hung
Attempted ousting of Hung prompts variety of responses
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.
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.