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KMT legislative seats might drop to 45

KMT legislative seats might drop to 45

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The ruling Kuomintang might expect to hold on to only 45 legislative seats in the January 16 legislative elections, or less than an absolute majority, reports said Tuesday.
At the current Legislative Yuan, the KMT occupies 65 out of 113 seats, but Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen hopes to translate her commanding lead in the presidential polls into the opposition’s first-ever legislative majority.
The KMT is so pessimistic that it has set a target of only 45 seats to win in the legislative election, the Chinese-language United Evening News reported Tuesday. The target takes into account current low opinion poll support for the party’s presidential nominee, Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, and a possible rival bid by People First Party Chairman James Soong, who might draw many KMT supporters away, the paper wrote.
Sources inside the KMT said that making predictions about numbers was still too early, since the legislative nomination process had not reached its conclusion yet. Many legislative candidates had not been chosen yet, so it would be difficult to say who could win and who might lose, though in any event, it would be a tough task for the KMT to hold on to its absolute majority, the paper said.
Over the past weekend, KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin won the primary to run for a legislative seat in Keelung to be vacated by party member Hsieh Kuo-liang. However, there was still no certainty whether there would be a second round of primaries to let voters choose between Hau and PFP hopeful Liu Wen-hsiung. In addition, one of the KMT city councilors eager to run for a legislative seat might leave the party and run as an independent, making things even more difficult for the ruling party, according to the United Evening News.
KMT officials denied that the party had set a target of only 45 seats.
Reports also emerged Tuesday that Hung would announce the choice of former Economics Minister Yiin Chii-ming as general manager of her campaign on Wednesday. According to a report in the United Evening News, the choice of the former government official who never ran an election campaign before would amount to admitting that Hung could not find a suitable candidate for the job. Yiin currently heads the party think tank.


Updated : 2021-09-26 18:45 GMT+08:00