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KMT presidential candidate may not be chosen next month: Eric Chu

KMT presidential candidate may not be chosen next month: Eric Chu

Kaohsiung, March 21 (CNA) Eric Chu (???), chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and New Taipei City mayor, said on Saturday that the party does not have to nominate its candidate for the 2016 presidential election in April, amid concern over who will represent the KMT against a strong Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate. "The KMT usually unveils its presidential candidate between April and June but does not have to do so in April," Chu said. He made the remarks while attending a gathering of young KMT councilors in Kaohsiung. Noting that more than 30 KMT lawmakers have signed a petition, urging him to run for president in 2016, Chu said "they are all my good friends, and I thank them for their expression of concern." He called for interested party members to declare their intention to run for the presidency so that preparations can be started for party primaries. Chu, 53, replaced President Ma Ying-jeou (???) as KMT chairman on Jan. 19 after Ma stepped down from the post in the wake of a crushing defeat in the Nov. 29 local government elections. Chu is regarded by many as a presidential hopeful, despite insisting that he intends to complete his second four-year term as mayor of New Taipei City, the most populous city in Taiwan. The KMT nominee is expected to run against Tsai Ing-wen (???), chairwoman of the opposition DPP, who is seeking her party's nomination and the chance to become Taiwan's first female head of state. (BY Chen Che-fon, Elizabeth Hsu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-07-30 05:50 GMT+08:00