KMT officials call for premier’s resignation

By Katherine Wei, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Kuomintang (KMT) officials belonging to different factions called for Premier Jiang Yi-huah to resign and urged President Ma Ying-jeou to bring a swift end to the recent political strife. After the Taiwan High Court rejected the KMT’s counter-appeal, which was filed to fight Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) temporary success in retaining his speakership, intraparty supporters of former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰) and Wang proposed that Ma stop the clashes and for one of the ruling party members to step down.

Lien-friendly KMT Legislator Lee Te-wei (李德維) said the judicial system had determined the outcome of Wang’s alleged involvement in an influence-peddling case and deemed Wang still eligible for the speakership. “Both the people and the KMT have been hurt in the strife, making it necessary for several people to resign, both in the party and in the government,” Lee said. Lee listed KMT Discipline Committee member Huang Chao-yuan (黃昭元) as one of those who should step down, taking responsibility for his incorrect decision of supporting Ma in stripping Wang of his membership. “In the administration, Jiang should resign,” Lee said. Wang-supporter Lee Chuan-chao (李全教) slammed Ma for his harsh ways in handling the case, noting that the Ma-Wang conflict was against the people’s wishes and that the majority of people have expressed their hope for the clash to be resolved. Lee Chuan-chao called for the Discipline Committee member to resign, and voiced his doubt over Ma’s suitability as the KMT chairman. “Ever since Ma has been chairman, the KMT has not been able to secure advantages as the ruling party; more and more complaints have been heard from the people. The KMT belongs to all of us, not just to the minority.” Prosecutor General Huang Shih-ming (黃世銘) was not spared from Lee Chuan-chao’s criticism. “It is obvious that Huang wiretapped the Legislature. If the case had occurred in other nations, he would have been forced to resign the next day. It is unbelievable that he is still in his position,” Lee said.