Tainan mayor refuses to attend city council meetings
2015-01-06 16:51:47

    Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said Tuesday he will not attend any more city council meetings until the vote-buying allegations against speaker Lee Chuan-chiao have been addressed in the judicial system.

    Lai said he and other local government officials are boycotting the meetings in a protest gesture to uphold the dignity of Tainan and create a new political culture in the southern city. "I will not enter the city council again until the case is cleared up by the judiciary," the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) mayor said at a news conference.

    Lee, a member of the Kuomintang (KMT), is under investigation for allegedly buying votes in both the Nov. 29 city councilor election and the Dec. 25 speaker election.

    On Monday, investigators seized the ballots from the speaker poll, after filing a petition with the court on Dec. 31 to invalidate Lee's election as a city councilor.

    Lee won the speakership in a 29-26 vote with two abstentions in the 57-member city council, which comprises 16 seats held by the KMT, 28 by the DPP, and 13 by minor parties and independents.

    The DPP has accused the KMT of paying some DPP councilors up to NT$10 million (US$316,000) to back Lee in the speakership vote.

    Tainan is a stronghold of the DPP and has been run by the party uninterrupted since 1997.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Y.F. Low)