New Power Party (NPP) Chairperson Chiu Hsien-chih resigned on Monday to take responsibility for the recent turmoil hitting the party, including NPP Legislator Kawlo Iyun Pacidal alleged involvement in a conflict of interest and the departure of party co-founder Freddy Lim.
Chiu said that he launched a discussion among party members with the goal of protecting Taiwan sovereignty, overviewing the ruling party and representing the country’s third political force. Yet, Lim’s decision has left some to become suspicious about his efforts.
Chiu added that Kawlo Iyun Pacidal is one of the top candidates on the NPP’s list, meaning that her alleged involvement in a conflict of interest could destroy the party’s reputation. Since the discipline committee decided on imposing punishment, Chiu said he has finished his mission.
Still, Chiu said he would continue to work for the NPP despite his resignation, saying that he would run for a seat in the most difficult constituency, if the party needed. Chiu left immediately after the talk and didn’t take any questions from the media.