KMT conveys regret over Wang's decision not to submit appeal
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) yesterday expressed regret over Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng's (王金平) decision not to file an intra-party appeal against the revocation of his membership, saying that the issue will now have to be settled externally in court.
October 16, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Monday was the deadline for Wang's appeal. The KMT disciplinary committee extended its working hours that day but later confirmed that it hadn't received Wang's papers by midnight.
In response, the party's Culture and Communications Committee Director Fan Chiang Tai-chi (范姜泰基) said although the turn of events was unfortunate, he respects Wang's decision.
Fan Chiang added that top-ranking KMT members had tried to persuade Wang to file an appeal within the party to no avail.
As to whether Wang will be invited to take part in the KMT's upcoming National Congress, Fan Chiang said that all KMT lawmakers are party representatives, and that they will all receive invitations, including Wang, provided that there are no surprises.
Wang reportedly said that he will attend the National Congress if an invitation is extended his way.
The KMT disciplinary committee revoked Wang's membership in September for his involvement in an influence-peddling case. Afterward, the speaker filed a civil lawsuit at the district court to determine the revocation's validity and requested an injunction to help him retain his titles as lawmaker and speaker of the Legislative Yuan. As a legislator voted into parliament on a party ballot, Wang would have lost his titles if the court hadn't approved his request. In response, the KMT filed two unsuccessful interlocutory appeals against the injunction. The ruling party ultimately decided not to launch a third appeal.
Since the speaker is the plaintiff, the KMT is unable withdraw itself from the case, and given that the speaker decided not to file an appeal within his party, the question as to whether he will permanently retain his membership will have to be settled in court.
Political commentators previously stated that the case could drag on until the end of Wang's term as lawmaker.