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KMT chair reiterates he will not run in 2016 presidential election

KMT chair reiterates he will not run in 2016 presidential election

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu (???) reaffirmed Saturday that he will not run for president in the January 2016 election. "The decision not to run has subjected me to more pressure and criticism than if I had decided to run," said Chu, who is widely considered as his party's best chance of beating Tsai Ing-wen,(???), chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), in next year's presidential elections. Chu said the decision not to compete does not mean he is " biding his time or fears defeat," but rather that he is honoring his promise of serving out his four-year term as mayor of New Taipei City, as promised during the local government election campaign last year. As a KMT chairman, he said, he has been working to revive the party's spirits since its crushing defeat in the local elections last November. He has also been working for true unity of the party, Chu said at a press conference held at the KMT's headquarters after the closing time for the collection of registration forms for the party's presidential primary. Noting that some people have been saying that he is refusing to run for president because he is afraid to lose, Chu said if that were the case he would not have run for the chairmanship of the party. Serving as KMT chairman is "a difficult and underappreciated job," said Chu, 53. He said that if the KMT wins the 2016 election, the new president will serve concurrently as party chairman, and if the KMT loses, "I certainly will have to step down to take responsibility" for the loss. He said, however, that if his decision not to compete in the presidential election will cause even more disarray and disunity in the party, he will step down as chairman. On Saturday, 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, were the only KMT hopefuls who collected registration forms for the party's presidential primary. The KMT has said that the selection process will be completed in mid-July. Tsai, who was named in mid-April as the DPP's presidential candidate, said Friday that her party will conduct its campaign at its own pace. (By Kelven Huang, Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 10:40 GMT+08:00