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KMT's Hung dismisses rumor she will quit presidential race

KMT's Hung dismisses rumor she will quit presidential race

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu's office on Monday dismissed as "insulting voters' intelligence" an allegation that she will quit the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) June 11 primary for next year's presidential election. "Hung Hsiu-chu will never quit the primary," said a statement issued by her office in response to a Facebook post by TV pundit Clara Chou, who quoted opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Tsai Huang-liang alleging that Hung will make way for two KMT heavyweights to enter the presidential race. Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who a day earlier had revealed that he will not shun being drafted by the KMT as its presidential candidate, will pair with KMT Chairman Eric Chu to vie for another four-year presidential term for the ruling party, Tsai was quoted. In exchange, Wang will step down as speaker, to be replaced by Hung, who will be promised a new four-year term next year, according to the FB post. Hung is to face a two-day public opinion poll June 12-13 to decide whether he qualifies to stand for the KMT in the January 16, 2016 presidential election. At this juncture in time, said Hung's statement, rumors are never in short supply, but Tsai's allegation is especially farcical and ridiculous -- so much that it insults the electorate's intelligence. If Tsai indeed has spread such a rumor as exposed by Chou, he should make an apology to Hung on June 11, said the statement. It accused any such rumor mongers of attempting to disrupt the KMT's polling procedure -- an important process in the party's presidential primary. (By Tseng Ying-yu and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-19 15:27 GMT+08:00