Lai blasts decision as unacceptable
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Control Yuan on Tuesday voted to impeach Tainan City
Mayor William Lai over his refusal to attend city council meetings.
After Kuomintang City Councilor Lee Chuan-chiao was unexpectedly elected council speaker last December 25, allegations of vote-buying emerged, leading Lai to decide to boycott all council meetings, including question-and-answer sessions for the mayor and other city government officials.
KMT councilors accused Lai of violating basic democratic principles and took the case to the Control Yuan, the nation’s top government watchdog.
Lai said Tuesday he found it impossible to accept the Control Yuan ruling, labeling it as an illegal expansion of power and as an attempt by the central government to attack local government autonomy. [FULL STORY]