KMT to postpone National Congress
By Katherine Wei ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) postponed its National Congress as a safety precaution against an upcoming protest, said KMT Vice Chairman Tseng Yung-chuang (曾永權) at a press conference yesterday.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The ruling party has decided to push back the date of its 19th National Congress, originally scheduled to be held on Sept. 29, after police officers suggested that the event may disrupt the peace of surrounding neighborhoods. A protest targeting President Ma Ying-jeou was to be held on the same day.
Former TVBS Vice President Ge Shu-ren (葛樹人) and several media personalities planned a demonstration to protest against Ma on Ketagalan Boulevard, possibly following the KMT to its National Congress held at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, where Ma will be sworn in as the chairman of the KMT.
Ge said that the aim of the demonstration is not to support Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, referring to the recent political disputes in which the ruling party revoked Wang's membership. “Our goal is to recover justice,” Ge said.
“According to the police, there will be several events going on at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on the 29th, and the venue may be completely surrounded by people. Furthermore, the party headquarters has received messages from residents living around (Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall) about their worries of a riot occurring,” said Tseng.
Police forces expressed their concern over the number of people anticipated to show up in the area around the memorial hall on Sept. 29. As many as 10,000 protesters are estimated to attend, and it would be difficult to prevent them from disrupting the meeting as the hall itself is open to the public, Tseng said.
Sources said that the KMT has decided to reschedule the meeting for Oct. 26 and hold it at the Chung-Shan Building located in Yangmingshan National Park, although this has not been officially confirmed by the party. Tseng apologized to the invited KMT members for the inconvenience caused by the venue and date changes.
Lin to Replace Wang in KMT Meeting: Reports
Presidential Office spokesperson Garfie Li (李佳霏) announced on Sunday that Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lin Hung-chi (林鴻池) will be replacing Wang as a participant at the Presidential Office's weekly meeting.
Local reports also claimed that Lin will be giving a report at the National Congress in Wang's stead.
Despite saying that he hoped the Presidential Office meetings would improve with the replacement on Monday, Wang reportedly questioned Lin's authority to give reports in his place at the National Congress, adding that Lin does not have the right to “deliver speeches as the speaker of the Legislative Yuan,” and that he had already submitted his speech in written form to the KMT.
DPP Should Stop Boycott in Legislature: KMT
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators again raised signs and shouted for Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) to issue a formal apology at the Legislative Yuan yesterday, prompting KMT legislators to call for a halt to the boycott.
“The DPP should stop their irrational boycotting and let Premier Jiang deliver his policy reports. If they have any questions regarding the premier's words, they can demand answers after he has made his presentations,” said KMT Legislator Lin Te-fu (林德福).