Wang Jin-pyng hints at not running in 2016 presidential election

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-Pyng indicated Friday that he will not seek the nomination of the Kuomintang (KMT) to run in January's presidential election.
He thanked and apologized to his supporters -- without specifically saying that he will not run -- a day before the deadline for aspirants to pick up an application to participate in the KMT's presidential primary.
While he has heard calls for him to stand in the election, he has not been able to "fully convince people that I can shoulder great responsibilities and meet the expectations from all sides," Wang said at a hastily arranged press conference. He said he wants to become "a seed of unity" for the next generation, adding that the party needs to first stay unified to prevent the society from continuing to be torn up by political divisions.
Wang read a prepared statement and did not take any questions. The 74-year-old has been president of the Legislative Yuan since 1999.
So far only Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang and Huang Po-shou, the chief secretary of Dayuan Township in Taoyuan County, have picked up a registration form.
Candidates are required to register for the KMT primary on May 17 or 18. A national party convention will formally decide the nomination on July 19.

(By Jay Chen)