Wu backs Ma for another term as KMT chair
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou should continue heading the Kuomintang, said Vice President Wu Den-yih yesterday, in response to claims that the head of state will no longer be eligible for another term leading the ruling party.
January 20, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Wu said the president doubling as the KMT chairman will facilitate the coordination between the ruling party and the government.
Although Taiwan is now a democracy where the ruling party is unlikely to dictate the government's policies, the party can still serve as a communication platform between the administration, the Legislature and society, he said.
He maintained that under the present KMT charter, Ma would still need to run for re-election to the top party post.
A KMT legislator on Friday claimed that it would be against the law if Ma were reelected to another term as the party chief.
The legislator, Tsai Cheng-yuan, cited the law as stipulating that the head of any civil group — including political parties — may only be re-elected once.
He also noted that the KMT charter also bars anyone from chairing the party for more than two terms.
Ma was elected as KMT chairman in August 2005, but resigned in February 2007 without completing the full term. He was elected again to the post in October 2009. His current stint will end at the end of this year.
Wu said political parties should be treated differently from other civil groups, and their operations and organizations should be governed by their own charters.