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KMT's Hung registers for presidential primary

KMT's Hung registers for presidential primary

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???), who is seeking to run for president in 2016, registered for the ruling Kuomintang's primary on Sunday and expressed confidence that she would win the party's nomination. Surrounded by supporters, Hung paid the NT$7 million (US$ 230,115) processing fee at the KMT's headquarters in Taipei and submitted a petition of support signed by 63,377 party members, well over the party's minimum requirement of 15,000 signatures. KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan (???) and Deputy Secretary-General Chiang Cheng-yen (???) were at the party headquarters to greet Hung. Hung said she has come forward with a humble heart to fulfill her commitment to her supporters and will start immediately to work harder to shoulder greater responsibility for her party and country. She expressed confidence that she would gain at least 30 percent support in the KMT primary -- a combination of opinion polls and votes by party members -- which is required for nomination if there are at least two aspirants competing. Asked whether she was worried that the KMT would abort the primary and draft a candidate instead, Hung said that depends on whether she is "good enough." "If I am good enough, if I live up to expectations and am able to garner more support, I believe I can represent (the KMT) in the race," she said. Hung said she did not speak with President Ma Ying-jeou prior to her registration and that she thinks it would be better to pay a call on the president after she has "made a breakthrough." It is a very tough battle, but all hardships can be overcome as long as there is confidence, said Hung, 67. "I believe we can win the 2016 (election)," she said. Hung and former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang (???) were the only two hopefuls who showed up to collect KMT registration forms before the Saturday 4 p.m. deadline. Neither of them is considered a party heavyweight. KMT Chairman Eric Chu's (???), meanwhile, has said he will not compete in the 2016 presidential election, despite being seen as his party's best chance of standing up against Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???). (By Liu Li-jung and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:20 GMT+08:00