KMT again rejects rumor of Ma using US Constitution as defense
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) reiterated yesterday that President Ma Ying-jeou, who doubles as chief of the KMT, did not cite the U.S. Constitution, either in public or during party meetings, to prove the legitimacy of his re-election bid for chairman.
January 25, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The KMT specifically rejected a Liberty Times report claiming that the president had quoted the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution during a so-called inner-circle meeting to support his bid for re-election.
The report further claimed that Ma had also quoted the Democratic Progressive Party's constitution, which stipulates that if a party member is head of state, he or she is automatically chairperson.
According to the report, Ma invited Taipei Councilor and KMT Central Standing Committee member Lai Su-ru (賴素如), who has legal expertise, as well as other “trustees” to a “closed-door meeting” on Tuesday in order to come up with a strategy to fend off challenges against his eligibility for re-election.
The reported conclusion of the alleged meeting was that according to both the U.S. Constitution and the DPP Constitution, only when a person serves more than half of his or her tenure as president and chairperson, respectively, does that period count as one actual term; therefore, there was no question regarding the legitimacy of Ma's bid since he had served less than half of his term as KMT chairman from 2005 to 2007.
The ruling party released a statement and said that the claims were false, and urged members of the media “to uphold journalistic ethics and standards” through fact checking.