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BCC chief wants Soong to resign from foundation


Lee Ching-ping (李慶平), president of the Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC,中廣) and executive director of the World Foundation (世界基金會) sponsored by the BCC, called on independent presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) yesterday to step down as president of the foundation.

Lee said Soong should no longer use a car and gasoline provided by the foundation, since he is no longer a KMT member.

Soong was ousted from the KMT last November, and key members of his "inner circle" had their memberships rescinded over his decision to run in the presidential race in defiance of orders from the party, which officially nominated Lien Chan (連戰).

In addition, Lee said Soong had lost his right to criticize either the KMT or the BCC because he has been stripped of his party membership.

"As president of the foundation, how can he keep attacking the BBC?" Lee asked. "Nobody has the legal right to force Soong to resign, but he has long since lost the right to the title."

Yen Jung-chang (顏榮昌), Soong's campaign spokesman, reacted to Lee's comments by saying that Soong's foundation title is based on its own regulations and that he is not on the foundation's payroll.

"There is no such thing as a transportation allowance, and Soong has decided to quit his position when his current term is up," Yen said.

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