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KMT endorses Ma’s chairmanship bid

LONE VOICE:The only KMT member to oppose the re-election bid at a party meeting yesterday said doubts over a legally stipulated two-term limit should be clarified first

By Peng Hsien-chun, Shih Hsiao-kuang and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

The president reportedly said that since he did not serve more than half of his first four-year chairmanship due to the corruption case and Wu was chosen to serve as the new chairman for the remainder of the term in 2007, then his first tenure as KMT chairman should be counted as between 2009 and this year.

Ma’s alleged effort to cement his re-election bid by citing US constitutional and DPP regulations has triggered criticism from both DPP legislators and his party comrades.

DPP Legislator Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) yesterday said the president had clearly let power go to his head, as evidenced by his challenging of the nation’s legal system and his desperate attempt to cling to the party chairmanship by referencing legislation of foreign countries.

“Taiwan could be put in a worse situation if Ma wins another term as KMT chairman. I advise Ma to fulfill his duties as president and focus on national affairs,” Tsai said.

DPP Legislator Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said Ma may have developed a “phobia of losing power,” since it was this fear of relinquishing control that had spurred him into making such a concerted effort to safeguard his KMT leadership.

KMT Legislator Alex Tsai (蔡正元) said that the US constitution and the DPP charter could not be used to legally justify Ma’s re-election.

“Compared with the Civil Associations Act and the Local Government Act (地方制度法) that spring from the same legal system as the KMT’s charter, the US constitution and DPP regulations are so completely different that they could hardly help Ma argue a legal justification,” he said.

KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) said that since eligibility for re-election has more to do with the KMT’s charter than any other set of regulations, the party headquarters should try to perfect the charter so it can be used to legally support Ma’s bid, instead than making references to irrelevant documents.

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