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DPP expels one of its founding members for running unendorsed
【Politics】2014-09-27  22:02:39
Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) expelled Tsai Jen-chien, one of its founding members, Saturday for choosing to run in a local election without the party's endorsement.

DPP caucus whip Ker Chien-ming said at a press conference that Tsai began insulting other party members after he did not win the nomination from the party's central executive committee to run for his hometown, Hsinchu City, where he served as mayor 1997-2001.

Tsai should "pull back before it is too late," Ker urged.

In response, Tsai's campaign staff accused Ker of lying and said that the senior member has not been expelled because he had spoken at a DPP central review committee meeting in Kaohsiung earlier in the day, and the committee had not made any decisions as of 5 p.m.

For his part, Tsai told CNA that DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (no relation) agreed in August to his proposal of organizing an opposition coalition anchored by Tsai Jen-chien's party membership.

(By You Kai-hsiang and James Lee)
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