Wang continues appeal in membership lawsuit
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday that the lawsuit to determine the validity of his Kuomintang (KMT) membership will go on according to legal processes.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
In September, the KMT revoked Wang's membership over his involvement in “influence peddling,” jeopardizing the latter's titles as legislator-at-large and speaker of the Legislative Yuan. To salvage his titles, Wang filed a lawsuit and requested an injunction. The injunction was approved by the district court, allowing him to temporarily maintain his membership. In response, the KMT filed an interlocutory appeal against the injunction, which was rejected by the High Court. On Friday, the KMT surprised political commentators by saying that it will not file a second appeal against the injunction, citing concerns over political stability. The case, however, is not yet closed.
Wang told reporters that he filed the lawsuit to protect his interests, adding that a withdrawal would lead to the relinquishing of his titles as legislator-at-large and speaker of the Legislative Yuan.
The speaker added that the KMT can file another appeal by Oct. 11 if it wishes to do so.
When asked if he will meet President Ma Ying-jeou ahead of the National Day ceremony, Wang said that there are no arrangements, but that if he does meet the president, he will treat the head of state with respect.
Kuomintang lawmaker Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) explained that since Wang is the plaintiff, only he can dismiss the action.
If Wang doesn't dismiss the action, the legal proceedings will have to continue, Lin added.
KMT spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said that it is Ma's wish to maintain political stability and to have the rights and wrongs of the case determined.