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Hung to end seclusion

Hung to end seclusion

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Kuomintang presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu will end her seclusion and announce her conclusions at a news conference Sunday morning, according to media reports.
The legislative vice speaker surprised friend and foe alike by announcing last Wednesday evening on Facebook that she would suspend her campaign for a “retreat,” fueling speculation that she might be considering dropping out of the race due to poor poll results.
Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Tsai Ing-wen has built up a considerable lead in the race for the January 16 presidential election, while there have been more varied results in surveys as to whether Hung or People First Party Chairman James Soong come in second position.
Hung’s temporary withdrawal gave rise to the repetition of earlier rumors that either she or the KMT leadership might consider a change. Some observers have also suggested that Hung and Soong should team up in order to present a united front on the “blue” side of the political spectrum against Tsai.
According to the Chinese-language Apple Daily, Hung was going to leave her voluntary isolation Saturday and hold a news conference at her campaign headquarters on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Countering the rumors that she would drop out, she would follow a hectic schedule for the rest of the day, the Apple Daily wrote. Before noon, she would appear at the foundation meeting of a campaign group for people originating from China’s Shandong Province, while in the afternoon she would attend a similar meeting of new immigrants in Taipei’s Neihu District before moving to a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II victory against Japan.
While in seclusion, Hung slammed alleged defeatism within the KMT in an online statement. Most opinion polls indicate a Tsai victory, while the ruling party could also its absolute majority at the Legislative Yuan for the first time in elections held on the same day as the presidential vote.


Updated : 2021-09-21 21:48 GMT+08:00