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Ex-NSC official denies planning to lead KMT election campaign

Ex-NSC official denies planning to lead KMT election campaign

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) King Pu-tsung (???), former secretary general of the National Security Council (NSC), on Wednesday denied reports that he was gearing up to run the campaign for the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) ahead of the presidential and legislative elections next January. King, a confidante of President Ma Ying-jeou (???), said that since he stepped down from the NSC in February, he has been staying out of politics and concentrating on his health. King was responding to reports in the tabloid Next magazine that he had been quietly installed as a Presidential Office senior adviser so that he could legitimately run the KMT's election campaign. Ma made that move in an effort to salvage the ruling Kuomintang, which is facing a tough battle in the presidential and legislative elections, as indicated in public opinion polls, the magazine said, citing unnamed sources. Since King's return from the United States in mid-August, he has called on Vice President Wu Den-yih (???), Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng(???), KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) and the KMT's presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (???) to hear their views on the elections, the magazine reported. King said, however, that since he stepped down from the NSC post, he has not spoken or met with any of those people. The report in the tabloid magazine was "groundless," he said. Meanwhile, Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (???) said King was named as a presidential senior adviser in June. It was one small change on the 100-odd list of advisers and senior advisers to the Presidential Office and did not warrant a news release, Chen said. Speaker Wang also said Wednesday that he had not met with King in more than a year. (By Hsieh Chia-chen, Huang Chiao-wen , Tseng-Ying-yu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 04:11 GMT+08:00