Wed, Dec 20, 2006 - Page 3 News List

TSU caucus whip rebuts newspaper `party purge' story

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Former president Lee Teng-hui, second right, bids farewell yesterday to a group of Taiwan Solidarity Union legislators who visited him at his home to discuss the future of the party in the wake of the Dec. 9 municipal elections in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

PHOTO: CHIEN JUNG-FONG, TAIPEI TIMES

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙) yesterday dismissed media speculation that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) is planning a party purge.

Liao made the comments in response to a story in the Chinese-language United Evening News yesterday, which said the TSU's spiritual leader had decided on a new chairman for the party and its program for the immediate future.

The report apparently was prompted by remarks from TSU Secretary-General Lin Chih-chia (林志嘉) who after Monday's Central Executive Committee meeting told reporters that "those who do not support Lee's ideals and approach cannot stay."

Liao was one of the Central Executive Committee members who met with Lee at the former president's home yesterday morning.

He told reporters that Lee had talked about reforming the party and how the TSU should run its campaign for next year's legislative elections.

Lee is slated to meet with another group of Central Executive Committee members today.

TSU Chairman Shu Chin-chiang (蘇進強) submitted his resignation after the party failed to secure five seats in Taipei and Kaohsiung city councils. Lee, however, reportedly rejected the resignation.

Shu is scheduled to meet with Lee on Friday after he returns from a trip abroad.

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