Scholars claim Wang's expulsion is constitutional

Scholars claim Wang's expulsion is constitutional
Taiwan's outgoing parliament speaker Wang Jin-pyng.

TAIPEI - President Ma Ying-jeou's move to expel Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) over alleged influence-peddling does not constitute a violation to the nation's constitution, two scholars said yesterday.

The expulsion is an internal affair of the KMT, said Peng Chin-peng, a politics scholar from National Taiwan University.

Wu Juo-yu, a public administration scholar from National Chi Nan University, said Ma should be lauded for standing up against influence-peddling, as it is his constitutional duty to defend the people's rights.

The KMT decided to expel Wang from thThe expulsion is an internal affair of the KMT, said Peng Chin-peng, a politics scholar from National Taiwan University.

e party, accusing him of peddling influence in favour of legislative minority leader Ker Chien-ming in a lawsuit.

Maintaining his innocence, Wang obtained a court injunction preventing the loss of his KMT membership and his at-large legislative seat assigned to him by the party.

While many critics have described Ma's move to oust Wang from the speakership as an unconstitutional interference with the Legislature by the president, Peng disagreed.

The scholar said the president happens to be also the chairman of the party, which may not always be the case.

It is the chairman of the party, not the president, who decided to expel a party member, he said.

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