Councilor exits DPP after wife-beating claim

The China Post
Date: January 27, 2017
By: Stephanie Chao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Scandal-hit Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yan (童仲彥) said

Taipei City Councilor Tung Chung-yan prepares for a press conference in Taipei, on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tung on Thursday announced that he was withdrawing from the Democratic Progressive Party in the wake of a scandal centered on his personal life. (CNA)

Thursday that he was withdrawing from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after his “personal and family problems marred the image of his beloved party.”

Tung, who has become embroiled in allegations over domestic violence and infidelity, announced over the social media website Facebook that he was withdrawing from the DPP.

Tung admitted Wednesday that he had “physically tangled” with his wife Lee Hsiu-yuan after she accused him of domestic violence in a magazine interview.

DPP officials have requested that a task force be formed to look into the allegations and that all reports relating to the case be submitted to the party’s Central Standing Committee.

The news of Tung’s withdrawal was met with shock from other DPP councilors, according to a United Daily News report. Many expressed shock and regret, and some suggested that Tung had taken the initiative to leave the party rather than acted on the command of party central, which they said had yet to contact the embattled councilor.

Taipei City Council caucus whip Wang Hsiao-wei (王孝維), who said he learned of Tung’s decision through the media, said that press speculation was damaging not only to Tung and Tung’s family, but also to the DPP.    [FULL  STORY]

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