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Taiwan’s opposition party expels members who supported new president Tsai Ing-wen

Six members of the Kuomintang party who campaigned for the Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen during the presidential election were expelled from the party on Thursday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

Tsai defeated KMT candidate Eric Chu in January, winning 60 percent of  the votes against Chu’s 30 percent.

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Eric Chu. File photo: Apple Daily.

The expelled members include two county councilors, two mayors and a village chief. They were expelled for violating party regulations.

Two other people had their memberships revoked for interference with voting and bribery in elections, and another was expelled for joining the Democratic Progressive Party.

Those who were expelled are not allowed to reapply for KMT membership for six years while those whose memberships were revoked are subject to a statutory ban of three years.

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Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. Photo: Tsai Ing-wen, via Facebook.

In March, the KMT expelled 45 members, 31 of whom campaigned for Tsai, Apple Daily reported.

Taiwan's opposition party expels members who supported new president Tsai Ing-wen