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MA-WANG SHOWDOWN: KMT legislator condemns Ma for ‘brinkmanship’

By Cho Yi-chun and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

President Ma Ying-jeou talks during an event coinciding with the annual national disaster-prevention day in Greater Taichung yesterday.

Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times

Outspoken Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) yesterday joined the chorus of condemnation against the party’s top officials for what she said was the political brinkmanship and behind-the-scenes maneuvering to oust Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平).

Assessing the series of moves and public declarations in recent days by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) in an attempt to strip Wang Jin-pyng of his position and political power, she said the “series of maneuvering and public posturing were very ruthless, and they came one after another in quick succession. It is essentially a political power struggle.”

“We have seen the plotting to ouster Wang, the intentions are quite obvious. These are cold, calculating moves, lacking in human compassion. It has gone too far,” Lo said.

The lawmaker has had her own run-ins with the KMT disciplinary committee in the past.

Noted independent investor Lee Chin-tu (李金土), known as “Uncle A-tu” (阿土伯), also waded in with his opinion, by voicing support for Wang.

“Ma has gone after Wang with all his powers, and aims to kill him off. It sent chills to the hearts of all Ma supporters,” he said. “Ma’s official policies get a failing grade from me. He has made a terrible mess of the economy and he has also badly handled politics.”

“Uncle A-tu” said he is worried that the political confrontation between the KMT and opposition parties will hurt investor confidence to the detriment of Taiwan’s stock market.

“A number of major bills will be grounded in the legislature. It will make things worse for our national economy,” he said.

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