According to reports, KMT Chair Johnny Chiang asked the party's Kaohsiung City mayor candidate Li Mei-jen , who is in the middle of a thesis plagiarism controversy, to give up her degree. Chiang said he did speak with her but the final decision was made by Li herself.
According to reports, Kuomintang Chair Johnny Chiang has asked the party's Kaohsiung City mayor candidate, Li Mei-jhen, to give up her degree in light of her plagiarism case. Chiang confirmed on the 23rd he has spoken with Li but she made the final decision herself.
We had a very cordial conversation about the overall election and her current state of mind. She made the final decision herself.
Li has publicly apologized, but KMT Secretary-General Lee Chien-lung has reportedly voiced concerns about Li to Chiang.
This candidate has her own opinions. I wasn't saying that she was "uncontrollable," just that she has very strong opinions. We of course respect our candidate.
Mei-jhen of course has to respond to what is happening at the right time. This is where we are right now, and we respect her.
Chiang is calling on voters to stop conjecturing and refocus on city administration. In response, Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Chi-mai blasted Chiang for hiding the truth and called for an explanation from Li's thesis advisor. Chiang says the party will respect the academic thesis investigation team's findings.