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No political party regulation act leads to political turmoil

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kuomintang (KMT) has officially decided to appeal the court's ruling that favored Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday, on the KMT party membership confirmation case.

On the same day as the conclusion of the Legislative Yuan occupation, the KMT has decided to follow the advice of their legal team and file an appeal contesting Wang's right to claim KMT membership. Although the decision is generally seen as political retribution in response to Wang's recent decision to visit students in the Legislature, contradicting the general will of the ruling party, the actual motive can only be speculated.

However, regardless of Wang's innocence, should his win be left unchallenged, it will set a foundation for all party dismissal cases in the future. As the current constitution does not include a "political party regulation act," any cases related to political parties are tried under the Civil Associations Act.

With Wang's win comes the possibility for previously dismissed politicians, such as former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), to restore their party membership using Wang's victory as an example.

With the appeal date about to terminate in mid-April, the KMT has no choice but to initiate their appeal at a sensitive time.

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