KMT picks Hung Hsiu-chu as candidate for legislative deputy speaker

Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hung Hsiu-chu is shown in the photo. (Central News Agency)

Kuomintang (KMT) legislator Hung Hsiu-chu is shown in the photo. (Central News Agency)

Ruling Kuomintang lawmakers yesterday chose Hung Hsiu-chu as the party’s candidate for deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan.
When the new Legislature elected last Saturday convenes for the first time on February 1, it will elect a speaker and deputy speaker. Incumbent speaker Wang Jin-pyng is running for re-election to the post he has been holding since 1999, but his deputy, Tseng Yung-chuan, is retiring from his position.
The KMT holds 64 seats in the new Legislature, with the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party holding 40. The Taiwan Solidarity Union, the People First Party and others have three seats each.
The predominance of the KMT in the new Legislative Yuan makes the election of Wang and Hung highly probable, observers said.
Six candidates were vying for the KMT nomination, including two other women, Huang Chao-shun and Pan Wei-kang, as well as veteran lawmaker Ting Shou-chung. The two other candidates were the lesser-known Chen Ken-te from Taoyuan County and Lu Hsueh-chang from Hsinchu City.
Hung, 63, hails from New Taipei City and has a background in education. She is also a member of the KMT’s Central Standing Committee, which meets each Wednesday to discuss the current political situation. As a lawmaker, she has a reputation as a fierce speaker who doesn’t back away from confrontation.
Media reports before Thursday’s election said she was the most likely to win because of her background as a former deputy secretary-general of the ruling party.
After her election, she told reporters she was familiar with the situation at the Legislative Yuan, having been re-elected to an eighth term. She was No.6 on the list of at-large lawmakers determined by voters casting ballots for political parties. The KMT list was headed by Wang, 70.
The DPP said it would nominate its candidates for speaker and deputy speaker on February 27, adding it might reach across party lines to find them.