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KMT presidential candidate suspends campaign activities (update)

KMT presidential candidate suspends campaign activities (update)

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (???) made an announcement on her Facebook page late Wednesday that she is temporarily suspending her campaign activities to engage in "deep self-reflection and meditation." But her campaign office immediately followed with a terse statement that Hung will never quit the race, nor will she accept a change in her status to become a vice presidential candidate in the January 2016 presidential election. In her Facebook post, Hung said, "I have decided to suspend my hectic, top-spinning like (campaign) schedule and engage myself in deep self-reflection and meditation." "I would like to thank all those who have supported and encouraged me all the way, making me fearless and undaunted." She then issued a press release saying that "the situation has now become very clear -- that the KMT is now united behind me, ready to support my campaign to the very end." Because of this latest development, Hung said she now feels so encumbered that she needs a break of two or three days to figure out a new campaign strategy that will turn around the KMT's unfavorable polls and "come from behind to win a final victory." By the KMT unity, Hung said she meant that Vice President Wu Den-yih, KMT Chairman Eric Chu and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng -- all KMT heavyweights considered to be stronger presidential contender than Hung -- have expressedly thrown their support behind her. (By Tseng Ying-yu and S.C. Chang) Ebditem


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:07 GMT+08:00