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KMT to ask for constitutional interpretation on party assets issue

2016/07/26 13:17:45

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) will ask for a constitutional interpretation of a law passed by the Legislature on Monday that authorizes the Executive Yuan to form a commission to handle the party's "ill-gotten" assets, the party's Vice Chairman Steve Chan(詹啟賢)said Tuesday.

The bill, called the Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations, stipulates that all assets claimed by a political party since 1945, except for party membership fees and political donations, are to be deemed "ill-gotten" and must be relinquished to the government.

Chan said the KMT will exhaust all means that are legal, constitutional, democratic and in line with the rule of law to safeguard its rights.

In taking these actions, he said, the party is not trying to preserve its party assets but rather highlight the illegal and unconstitutional process of passing the party assets bill aimed at the KMT.

Even if the matter is addressed via a constitutional interpretation, the party will donate all of its so-called "ill-gotten" assets, Chan said.

KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) promised earlier this month to donate all party assets to charity, except for legally acquired office spaces and funds to cover personnel costs, regardless of whether the bill is passed or not, according to Chan.

The KMT made the decision because the issue of party assets has set the party against the people, Chan said, adding that the party did not want the matter to cause divisions in society.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)