Cabinet Spokesman Lin Chia-lung (
"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 (
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.
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
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