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Hung calls for strength and unity within the KMT

Hung calls for strength and unity within the KMT

Kuomintang’s presidential contender Hung Hsiu-chu said she would shoulder the election responsibility provided that party members assist her in moving forward, reports said Monday.

“The outcome was totally unexpected,” she exclaimed.

The KMT on Sunday nominated pro-China Hung Hsiu-chu as its candidate for presidential elections in January 2016, ending months of division in the party following heavy losses at local elections last year.

More than 1,000 party members cheered and clapped at the party congress to show support for Hung, a nomination that will be welcomed in Beijing.

"If I win, I will promote peace development across the strait and let people enjoy the benefits," she told a cheering crowd.

Beijing will closely watch the presidential vote, which will see Hung campaign against Tsai Ing-wen from the independence-leaning opposition DPP, reports said.

When interviewed by reporters on Monday, Hung said her strengths are however limited, saying she would need the encouragement and perseverance from party members in order to win next year.

After weeks of speculation over her candidacy replacement, Hung will now face Tsai, a contention that some observers believe remains tough.

Updated : 2021-09-22 08:28 GMT+08:00