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Court allows Taiwan Parliament speaker to keep job

Published on Mar 19, 2014 9:56 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - A court ruled on Wednesday that Taiwan's ruling party has no right to expel the embattled parliamentary speaker, in a case which has divided the party and hit the popularity of President Ma Ying-jeou.

Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, a political heavyweight known for his grassroots influence in the south, was accused of meddling in a corruption case against opposition lawmaker Ker Chien-ming.

The ruling Kuomintang party stripped Mr Wang of his membership last September, meaning he would also have to step down as Speaker.

But the 73-year-old won a provisional legal injunction suspending the ruling.

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