New Power Party chairwoman resigns

Taipei,  New Power Party Chairwoman Kao Yu-ting (高鈺婷) has resigned from her post, the party announced in a statement on Tuesday.

On her Facebook page, Kao said she will not seek re-election given that she has completed her mission at the current stage.

As the party’s reform is on track, Kao said that now is a good time to leave to allow the new chairperson to have enough time to prepare for the 2022 local government elections.

Kao said she will officially quit the post and step down as a decision-making committee member after a new chairperson has been elected and the time of his or her assuming office is settled.

Kao, a former secretary-general of the party, was elected chairwoman on Aug. 29 at a time when the party was hit hard by a bribery scandal that erupted on Aug. 4.

The scandal led to the departures of some key party members, including former chairman Hsu Yung-ming (徐永明), who was one of the legislators accused of taking bribes in the scandal linked to an ownership dispute over the Pacific Sogo Department Store.

On Aug. 5, 10 members of the party’s first decision-making committee resigned en masse because of Hsu’s connection to the scandal, paving the way for an election of the second decision- making committee members, who elected Kao as the new chairwoman on Aug. 29.

Kao’s tenure was supposed to expire on Feb. 28, 2021.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel