Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), has expelled Defence Minister Lee Jye because of a row over statues of late leader Chiang Kai-shek. Mr Lee had complied with a government order for statues of Mr Chiang to be removed from military premises.
The ruling DPP party says that the statues represent authoritarian rule and are not in keeping with democracy.
KMT spokesman Su Jun-pin said Mr Lee’s actions had damaged the party’s image. “He just does whatever the ruling party tells him to do,” Reuters news agency quoted Mr Su as saying. [Full Text]
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