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Taiwan's ruling party to have new leadership

Taiwan's ruling party to have new leadership

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Eric Chu (???), mayor of New Taipei City, is set to become the next chairman of Taiwan's ruling party Kuomintang (KMT) on Jan. 19 as party members cast their ballots to elect their new leader Saturday. The election was called after President Ma Ying-jeou (???) resigned as party chairman to take responsibility for the KMT's defeat in the Nov. 29 local government elections. Chu, 53, is certain to become the KMT's next chairman as his candidacy is not contested. Describing the KMT as facing "the most difficult times," Chu said the party will "stand side by side with the people, work hard again and look at what it has done wrong in the past." "Together we will fight for Taiwan, the Republic of China," he told reporters after casting his vote in the Sanchong District. Chu will announce any shakeup of the party leadership after he is sworn in on Monday, he told reporters. He is one of seven vice chairmen of the party. Two others -- Vice President Wu Den-yi (???) and former Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (???) -- said Saturday that they will quit their party post. Chu has been favored to run in the presidential election to be held in January 2016, but when he announced his candidacy for the party chairmanship on Dec. 12, 2014, he said he will not run for president. The KMT has nearly 350,000 registered party members. Voter turnout was just under 58 percent when the last chairmanship election was held in July 2013. (By Justin Su and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:17 GMT+08:00