Prosecutors yesterday raided the office of independent Keelung City Councilor Chang Fang-li (張芳麗), who was elected council speaker on Thursday, on suspicion of bribery and vote-buying.
The council elected a new speaker to fill the position vacated by Chang Tong-rong (
The competition for the speakership was intense, with the KMT candidate and current deputy speaker of the council Tseng Shui-yuan (曾水源) losing to Chang Fang-li by one vote. Chang garnered 16 votes against Tseng's 15.
Chang Fang-li ran as an independent after failing to secure the KMT's nomination for the election. She announced her withdrawal from the KMT after winning the by-election on Thursday.
Keelung lead prosecutor Lee Jia-ming (
Lee led seven prosecutors and a number of agents from the Ministry of Justice's Investigation Bureau to raid Chang and several other councilors' offices and their residences, seizing a number of documents.
KMT councilors Huang Ching-tai (
The questioning was continuing as of press time.
Chang Fang-li yesterday chaired her first council meeting.
She told reporters she was "clean" and had done nothing wrong during the election.