DPP urged to apologize, take responsibility over claims
Central News Agency
2014-05-16 10:52 PM
Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) should apologize for criticizing President Ma Ying-jeou of having permanent residency in the United States based on an erroneous media report, the Kuomintang (KMT) said Friday. DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang and other party veterans criticized Ma's integrity based on a report by Next Magazine that president owes U.S. taxes because his green card from the 1980s was still valid and he still had permanent residence there. The accusation was later proved false by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). In a letter dated May 14, AIT Managing Director Joseph R. Donovan Jr. confirmed that "the United States has long recognized President Ma Ying-jeou's abandonment of U.S. legal permanent residence status. That matter is closed." A KMT spokesman called for an immediate apology from both the DPP and the magazine and demanded that Su and former Premier Frank Hsieh, who first claimed during the 2008 president campaign that Ma's green card was still valid, should step down from the political arena. KMT deputy caucus whip Wang Ting-son also said at a press conference that Su, Hsieh and former Premier Yu Shyi-kun should apologize to Ma and to all Taiwan citizens for their criticisms and even take "the minimum level of political responsibility." (By Wang Chao-yu, Lee Ming-tsung, Kelven Huang and James Lee)
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