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Hau slams brakes on Keelung plans

Hau slams brakes on Keelung plans

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin was slowing down his plans to run for a legislative seat in Keelung City after negative reactions from local Kuomintang members, reports said Tuesday.
The party vice chairman announced last week he was considering to run in the harbor city for a seat in the January 16 elections to help it hang on to an absolute majority, but local party workers reportedly criticized his plans. The KMT should nominate a native politician instead of “parachuting” a major personality in from outside Keelung, the critics said.
Hau reportedly suggested that the candidate for the Keelung seat should not be drafted from the top but that local opinions should be respected. Observers interpreted that the nomination of a candidate would not happen at this Wednesday’s regular KMT Central Standing Committee meeting, but might occur after this weekend’s July 19 party congress.
Two of the fiercest critics of Hau’s nomination were two KMT members of the Keelung City Council who reportedly were planning to run for the legislative seat themselves.
The incumbent lawmaker, Hsieh Kuo-liang, is planning to return to the business world. The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party has named city councilor Tsai Shih-ying as its candidate, while People First Party deputy secretary general Liu Wen-hsiung is expected to make a dent in traditional KMT support.
Addressing a party electoral nomination meeting Tuesday, Hau said the nomination process in Keelung was still in an early phase, and opinions had to be heard and respected before a choice could be made. Primaries to determine the choice of a candidate were a possibility, reports said.
According to most recent polls, DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen is highly likely to win the presidential election also scheduled for January 16, but the opposition party also hopes to win an absolute majority at the Legislative Yuan for the first time ever.


Updated : 2021-09-23 08:55 GMT+08:00