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KMT panel to discuss possible punitive measures against Wang

2013/09/10 22:31:54

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A disciplinary panel of the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) central committee is scheduled to hold a meeting Wednesday, which is expected to decide the political fate of Wang Jin-pyng, president of Taiwan's Legislature.

The Evaluation and Disciplinary Committee invited Wang to appear before the panel when it convenes Wednesday morning to answer questions, a KMT official said late Tuesday.

If found to have violated party discipline, Wang could face one of four punitive measures: reprimand, suspension of membership for three months or up to two years, revocation of membership, or expulsion.

According to party regulations, either of the first two options will allow Wang to remain a KMT member and, presumably, to keep his job as speaker of the Legislative Yuan as a legislator-at-large appointed by the party.

If his membership is either revoked or canceled outright, however, Wang can no longer serve in the Legislature as a KMT-appointed lawmaker.

The difference between revocation and expulsion lies in the period of time needed before membership can be reinstated. A revoked member must wait one year before asking to rejoin the KMT, while an expelled member has to wait twice that long.

Wang, 72, was first elected to the Legislative Yuan in 1975 and has been speaker since 1999.

(By Lee Shu-hua Jay Chen)