KMT invites Wang to next congress to be held on Nov. 10
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) announced yesterday that it will be holding its National Congress in Taichung on Nov. 10, adding that it will extend an invitation to Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said that the date and location had been changed due to safety concerns, referring to activists' plans to protest.
After extensive discussion and assessment by staffers and the Central Standing Committee, the party decided to hold its National Congress on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Taichung Harbor Sports Stadium (台中港區綜合體育館) in the city's Wuqi District.
Tseng said that the stadium is appropriate venue and conveniently located, adding that it is also fully equipped with conference facilities.
The secretary-general added that the KMT has held important meetings at the stadium before.
KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) said that lawmakers are party representatives, and that all KMT lawmakers will receive invitations, including Wang.
With regard to the possibility of protests at the venue, Yang said that the ruling party's chairman, President Ma Ying-jeou, has instructed the party headquarters to coordinate with law enforcement authorities, in order to ensure both the public's right to assemble and the smooth proceedings of the National Congress.
Wang's KMT membership was revoked by the ruling party's disciplinary committee on Sept. 11, due to his involvement in an influence-peddling case. Afterward, Wang filed a civil lawsuit to determine the revocation's validity and requested an injunction to help him retain his title as lawmaker. The injunction request was approved by the district court. After two unsuccessful interim appeals, the Kuomintang decided not to appeal the injunction, letting Wang momentarily retain his membership and title as lawmaker. Since Wang is the plaintiff, the ongoing civil lawsuit can only be withdrawn by him.