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Saturday, February 07, 2009

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Zombie lies from the KMT

"Potential," my ass!

The Saturday, February 7, 2009 Taipei Times tells us that Diane Lee's (李慶安) dual citizenship status has been confirmed -- something many had already deduced:
The Central Election Commission (CEC) last night decided to revoke former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Diane Lee's (李慶安) elected status both as a Taipei City councilor and as a legislator, after the US Department of State on Thursday confirmed that Lee's US citizenship was still valid.

"The CEC believes that Diane Lee was a dual citizen between 1991 and 2005, and thus decided in a meeting today [Friday] to revoke her elected status as Taipei City councilor in 1994, and as legislator in 1999, 2002 and 2005," CEC Secretary-General Teng Tien-yu (鄧天祐) said. "We will also void her elected certificates."

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Teng said the CEC decision came as a result of a vote in which eight members voted for the action while three voted against it.

"The CEC made the decision based on a letter from the US Department of State that said it had completed a probe into Lee's dual-citizenship case, and believes that Lee did not fulfill her duty to show her intention to give up US citizenship when she first took public office in Taiwan in 1994," Teng said.

[...]

The dual-citizenship allegation against Diane Lee first surfaced last March. At the time, she argued that by taking an oath as a public official when she was first elected as Taipei City councilor in 1994 she lost her US citizenship.

Diane Lee promised in December that she would provide a legal document proving that she longer had US citizenship by the end of last month. However, she resigned as a legislator on Jan. 8 and failed to show any document supporting her claim by Jan. 31.

Although her election was revoked, Teng said the CEC cannot require her to return the NT$100 million (US$3 million) she received in salary as a city councilor and lawmaker, as "it's the city council and the Legislative Yuan that have the power to do so."
Deep[er] doo-doo alert
And check out the additional reeking Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) bullshit which shows up at the end of the article:
KMT caucus whip Chang Shuo-wen (張碩文) [sic; Maddog note: usually written as "Chang Sho-wen"] said the CEC was responsible for the controversy.

"The CEC is a government institution that reviews if someone is qualified to become a candidate," Cheng said. "So this whole mess .... was because the CEC wasn't careful in reviewing a candidate's qualifications."
Tsk, tsk! The KMT certainly aren't taking responsibility for problems of their own creation! Haven't you had enough of the zombie lies?

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Cross-posted at It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy!

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