Wang Jin-pyng to be barred from attending party functions: KMT
CNATAIPEI--The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) will not allow Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to attend party activities, although the Taipei District Court approved a provisional injunction for him, meaning that he will retain his KMT membership and his position as head of the Legislature, a KMT source said Saturday.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The Central Election Commission (CEC) submitted a notification to the Legislative Yuan on Sept. 11 to revoke Wang's status as legislator after it received a document from the KMT saying that Wang was no longer a party member.
In response to the court's decision, the KMT said it will file for a counter-appeal, the party source said.
The source reiterated that the KMT's Evaluation and Discipline Committee revoked Wang's party membership for his alleged interference in a legal case in which opposition Democratic Progressive Party legislative whip Ker Chien-ming was the defendant.
This means that Wang is disqualified as a KMT-appointed legislator-at-large and the head of the Legislature, the source said.
Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li said Saturday that in the future, Wang can only preside over and host activities that have constitutional significance in accordance with past practice.
Li also said that President Ma Ying-jeou respects the court's decision.
A seminar on legislative operations that is usually presided over by the legislative speaker and his deputy scheduled for Sept. 16 will be canceled. Instead, a KMT caucus meeting will be held, without Wang or his deputy, said Lin Hung-chih, director of the KMT Policy Committee.
Meanwhile, KMT Cultural and Communications Committee deputy head Yin Wei said the party will counter-appeal the court's decision to approve Wang's injunction.
Premier Jiang Yi-huah will give an administrative report during the new legislative session as scheduled Sept. 17.