Injunction approved, Wang still LY speaker
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei District Court yesterday approved Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) injunction, meaning that he will retain his membership within the Kuomintang (KMT) as well as his positions as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan until further notice.
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The court said that Wang had put down more than NT$9.38 million as security, an amount determined by his remaining salary as head of the Legislative Yuan, Before a ruling on the case is reached, Wang will be able to continue exercising his rights as KMT member.
The court explained that if it had not approved Wang's injunction, he would have been in immediate danger of irreparable damages, considering that there is considerable controversy surrounding the KMT's actions.
In response to the court's decision, KMT legal representative Chen Ming (陳明) said that he would file for a counterappeal.
Meanwhile, Central Election Committee (CEC) Vice Chairman Liu Yi-chou (劉義周) said that his committee's work is done and that it does not have an opinion on the matter.
On Wednesday, the CEC submitted a notification to the Legislative Yuan to revoke Wang's status as legislator, after it had received a document from the KMT saying that Wang was no longer a party member.
According to the Civil Servant Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法), the committee was required to submit a notification to the Legislature in order for the latter to remove Wang's name from its roster. Afterward, the CEC must receive a reply from the Legislature before the former can announce a list of candidates to fill Wang's vacancy.
If the Legislature does not reply to the CEC's notification, the latter will not be able to announce a list of candidates, Liu explained.
The committee does not have an opinion whatsoever, because its work on the matter has been completed, Liu said, adding that it had received the KMT papers on Wednesday and subsequently notified the Legislature, in accordance with regulations, to remove Wang's name from its roster.
The relevant regulations, however, do not stipulate a deadline by which the Legislature must reply, implying that it may be able to stall the process indefinitely.
It now comes down to a civil lawsuit between Wang and the KMT, Liu said, referring to the fact that the CEC is now out of the picture, since the court had approved the speaker's injunction.