Tue, Oct 07, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Chu set to lose council job in `a couple of days'

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER, WITH STAFF WRITER

Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday said that the Cabinet should be able to approve Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Chu An-hsiung's (朱安雄) dismissal in a couple of days.

"After contacting Kaohsiung City Council earlier today, I was told that the council plans to send a copy of the court's verdict to the premier for reference in a couple of days. As soon as the premier receives the document and approves Chu's dismissal, it'll take effect immediately," Lin said.

Lin added that the law requires Kaohsiung City Council to hold a by-election to elect Chu's successor, but the law does not specify when the process should be completed.

"We'll discuss the matter with the council and respect the final decision made by the council," Lin said.

Kaohsiung City Council yesterday said it had received the final verdict regarding Chu from the Supreme Court and will forward it to the Executive Yuan soon.

According to Kaohsiung City Council Secretary Hsu Lung-sheng (徐隆盛), District Legislature Law (地方立法機關組織準則) states that in order to revoke a councilor's position, the city council must report to the Executive Yuan, which has the executive right to carry out the revocation of Chu's councilor position and speakership.

Before the speakership by-election is held, Deputy Speaker Tsai Sung-hsiung (蔡松雄) will take over Chu's responsibilities.

On Sept. 25, Chu was sentenced to 22 months in jail for buying votes during last year's city councilor election. He bought votes for NT$500 each.

Chu has also admitted buying the votes of councilors during last year's city council speakership election but has yet to be sentenced.

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