Lee denies Hung’s candidacy replacement

Lee denies Hung’s candidacy replacement

Kuomintang Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan downplayed speculations on Monday that the party plans to remove Hung Hsiu-chu from her presidential candidacy, adding that her nomination will remain unchanged.

Regarding the results of KMT’s Central Standing Committee election last Saturday, Lee told reporters that the elected members – whom the majority are supporters of Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng – will be instated according to the rules of the CSC without prejudice.

According to media reports, Lee met with former county magistrate Chang Jung-wei in Yunlin County on August 22 for a closed-door discussion over the topic of a possible duo – KMT Chairman Eric Chu and Wang – next January, speculating that the Nationalist party plans to remove Hung from her presidential candidacy.

Lee however downplayed the rumor, saying his rendez-vous with Chang took place in Taipei rather than Yunlin, and that they only spoke of KMT Legislator Chang Chia-chun and on subjects relating to the CSC election.

“I was in Taipei on both days between August 22 and 23, and never set foot in Yunlin during that period as speculated by the local media,” Lee said.

The topic of Hung’s candidacy replacement resurfaced after Lee had recently spoken to several of Wang’s supporters over their allegiance for the KMT, moves that also led to the Hung speculation because Chang had used her as a pretext to get party members talking, according to the local media.

“What the media wrote about me and other party members is pure speculation, none of which ever happened,” he told reporters on Monday.