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Hung to withdraw from politics if KMT bid fails

Wang supporter drops poll change proposal

Hung to withdraw from politics if KMT bid fails

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu said Tuesday she would completely withdraw from politics if she failed in her bid to win the Kuomintang presidential nomination, amid reported moves by supporters of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng to have him drafted instead.
Hung is the only KMT hopeful to have gone through the primary process for the nomination for the January 16 election, but a recent comment by Wang that he would do his best if drafted for the candidacy surprised observers. Reported proposals by Wang supporters to change the formula for opinion polls Hung still has to go through, apparently met with a veto from KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin.
In her reaction to the rumors, Hung said Tuesday that if she had no way of winning the nomination, she would completely withdraw from politics, turn down any appointment and even not return to the Legislative Yuan.
Her only aim was to find the right way ahead for the country and to create a positive future for the next generations, she said, but if there were obstacles which blocked her attempt at achieving victory in this process, she would withdraw completely.
She accused commentators who were predicting she would announce an end to her presidential bid on June 11 of rumor mongering. If the rumor was false, that person should apologize in public and withdraw from the media for at least six months, she reportedly said.
Hung compared a member of the KMT’s Central Standing Committee who wanted to change the rules of this week’s primary opinion polls to a driver who wanted to change the parts of his car while he was driving.
Hung and the KMT leadership took time in reaching an agreement that half the poll results should be determined by the level of support for the legislative vice speaker and half should be decided by comparing potential candidates.
The Wang supporter reportedly wants only 15 percent to reflect public support for Hung, 85 percent to be decided by the comparisons, and opposition supporters to be barred from taking part in the polls.
Hung needs 30 percent support to be accepted, a level which she says she is confident she can achieve. Comparative polls could see other prominent KMT leaders perform better against the opposition nominee, Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.
Later reports said the Wang supporter in question had called the KMT party leadership to say he was withdrawing his proposal to change the primary rules, while party members whose name featured on his proposal said they had not agreed.
As a result, Wednesday’s regular meeting of the KMT’s Central Standing Committee would not discuss the proposal, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-21 01:24 GMT+08:00