Fang Chen-Lien’s departure from lineup highlights controversial nature of selection process
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fang Chen-Lien (范成連), a member of the Central Standing Committee ofthe Kuomintang (KMT) party who is doing business in China, announced on Tuesday (Nov. 19) that he is dropping out of the party’s nomination process for legislator-at-large seats.
The process has drawn tremendous backlash both from within the party and the public, as a number of controversial figures managed to remain on the list of 34 non-divisional legislative candidates proposed by the opposition party in a meeting on Nov. 16, even after the list was adjusted.
Answering calls by party member Lee Ming-hsien (李明賢), a Taipei City councilor, who said that those who received more “against” than “for” votes should voluntarily opt out of the lineup, Fang issued a statement saying he will not serve as a candidate, reported UDN. [FULL STORY]