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KMT lawmakers petition Eric Chu to run for president

KMT lawmakers petition Eric Chu to run for president

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) More than 30 lawmakers of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) have signed a petition, asking party chairman and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) to run for president in 2016, a KMT executive said Friday. The lawmakers, who account for about half of the KMT's 64-member Legislative caucus, include Sun Ta-chien (???) and Wu Yu-sheng (???), said KMT Policy Committee Chief Executive Lai Shyh-bao (???) after a caucus meeting. During the meeting, Sun said Chu should "brave the challenge and try not to avoid the battle," Wu said. Chu, 53, took over the chairmanship of the KMT from President Ma Ying-jeou in January, after Ma resigned to take responsibility for the party's defeat in last November's local government elections. Chu is regarded as a promising presidential hopeful although he continues to repeat his intention to complete his second four-year term as mayor of New Taipei, the most populous city in Taiwan. "I will try to do a good job as a mayor, and complete my term," he said again Friday, in response to the lawmakers' petition. He was re-elected in November to a second four-year term that will run until December 2018. Asked when the KMT will name its presidential candidate, Chu said the party is a team, and different people have different roles. "It's a good thing" that there are many capable players on the team, he said, referring to himself as the "head coach." Meanwhile, Legislature Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who reportedly is eying the KMT's nomination for next year's presidential election, said he respects the position taken by the lawmakers who signed the petition. "I have not made any plans yet," Wang said, when asked about his own ambitions. KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin said Friday in response to the petition that the party will select the candidate with the best chance of winning. The KMT nominee is expected to run against Tsai Ing-wen (???), chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, who is seeking her party's nomination and the chance to become Taiwan's first female head of state. (By Chen Wei-ting, Tseng Ying-yu, Wang Hung-kuo and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:09 GMT+08:00