Sun, Nov 03, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Former KMT lawmaker defects and heads to TSU

By Crystal Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

A KMT official and former lawmaker is expected to join the TSU tomorrow, disappointed at the main opposition party's unification line.

Chen Horng-chi (陳鴻基), deputy director of KMT's organization department, who failed to win his third term as a lawmaker in December, has decided to join the TSU.

TSU Legislator Chen Cheng-lung (程振隆) told reporters yesterday his new comrade will take charge of the party's organization affairs, effective tomorrow when the TSU Central Executive Committee gives the matter its approval.

According to Chen Cheng-lung, the former KMT lawmaker shares the TSU's stance in major policy areas and has been greatly disappointed with the KMT for embracing the unification mantle.

Chen Horng-chi, 53, was former head of the KMT's Generation-E Alliance, a legislative faction that is known for its pro-Taiwan ideology.

He raised eyebrows on the eve of the last legislative elections by calling on his party to cooperate with the DPP instead of the PFP.

The plea caused many fellow colleagues to call his loyalty into question, and in the end he lost his seat representing Taipei City's southern district.

Cheng Chen-lung said Cheng Horng-chi is only one of several KMT officials who intend to defect to the TSU.

The KMT's Evaluation and Discipline Committee decided in June to expel four legislators who repeatedly acted against the party's will during the just-concluded legislative session.

At that time the committee also ruled that the membership rights of two other legislators would be suspended for two years.

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