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Democratic Action Alliance demands Ma force Hsu out

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Action Alliance yesterday demanded that Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) push Keelung Mayor Hsu Tsai-li (許財利) to resign.

Alliance convener Huang Kuang-kuo (黃光國) told a press conference that the KMT should initiate a petition in Keelung to recall Hsu, who was sentenced last month to seven years in prison for corruption.

Hsu has refused to resign, proclaiming his innocence.

Although the KMT expelled Hsu following the verdict, his refusal to step down has drawn increasing criticism on his own head as well as the KMT's.

Alliance deputy convener Chang Ya-chung (張亞中) said that since the court found Hsu guilty, the mayor should resign.

DOUBLE STANDARD?

There should be no double standards in the fight against corruption, so the KMT, as an opposition party, should take full responsibility for getting Hsu to resign, Chang said.

He told the press conference that if Ma does not take the initiative in dealing with Hsu, the alliance may take to the streets of Keelung on Thursday evening and demonstrate in front of Taipei City Hall next Monday. The alliance said at least 1,000 people might join the proposed march in Keelung.

MA RESPONDS

Ma responded yesterday by saying that if the alliance held a signature campaign, he would sign his name. Hsu has been expelled from the party, Ma said, and he has asked Hsu to resign.

The KMT has taken into consideration recalling Hsu, Ma added, without elaborating.

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