By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tainan City Mayor William Lai received an official reprimand
Friday for boycotting the Tainan City Council, but he was not removed from office.
The Control Yuan impeached him, meaning his case was referred to the Committee on the Discipline of Public Functionaries, which could have sacked him as mayor. The committee on Friday announced it was giving Lai a reprimand.
The senior Democratic Progressive Party politician and the members of his city administration boycotted sessions of the council during the first part of the year in a protest against its speaker, Lee Chuan-chiao of the Kuomintang, who was accused of vote-buying.
When the Control Yuan, the nation’s highest government watchdog body, announced its decision to impeach Lai, the mayor said it was punishing the wrong person, since it was Lee who had damaged the reputation of his office. [FULL STORY]