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KMT lining up Soong's backers for punishment


The KMT's Evaluation and Discipline Committee (國民黨考紀會) is, according to reports yesterday, set to revoke the party membership of former Legislative Yuan President Liu Sung-fan, (劉松藩) -- who recently declared his intention to join forces with independent presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜).

According to reports, the committee is set to call a meeting on Monday to discuss punishment of the party's pro-Soong members.

A high-ranking party official confirmed that over eight people will be punished in the latest wave of purges.

The official said that Liu, who recently confirmed he was supporting Soong, is one of those who will be disciplined.

Other pro-Soong members who will be expelled from the party are: former director of the party's Social Affairs Department, Li Pen-jen (李本仁); deputy director general of the GIO, Yen Jung-chang (顏榮昌); former ETTV president, Chu Tsung-ko (朱宗軻); former Taichung City spokesman, Kuo Yen-sheng (郭晏生);former director of the Anti-corruption Department of the Provincial Government, Wang Kuang-sheng (王廣生); former director of the Public Relations Department of the Provincial Government, Wu Lao-teh (吳老德); and Sun Ta-chien (孫大千), a volunteer for the Soong camp.

The deputy director of the Culture Department, Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟), Li Hung-yuan (李鴻源) and Chao Kang (趙綱), who are also members of Soong's camp, will have their memberships canceled with immediate effect.

The official said the party center has asked the committee to make an immediate resolution and punishment.

He also confirmed that there will be more pro-Soong members punished.

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