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KMT special congress aims for consensus ahead of elections: chairman

KMT special congress aims for consensus ahead of elections: chairman

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The goal of the ruling Kuomintang's planned extraordinary party congress later this month is to galvanize a consensus within the party to help it win the presidential election in January, party chairman Eric Chu (???) said Saturday. After attending the National Day ceremony earlier in the day, Chu, who doubles as New Taipei mayor, told reporters at City Hall that the agenda, the date and the location for the extraordinary party congress has not been finalized. But what is sure, Chu said, is the purpose of the meeting: to galvanize a consensus to help the party win the election. Chu's remarks came after the KMT Central Standing Committee passed a resolution unanimously Wednesday to convene an extraordinary party congress later this month to consider a proposal to replace Hung Hsiu-chu (???) as the party's presidential candidate. Hung, who was nominated by the party on July 19, has consistently lagged at least 20 points behind front-runner Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party in most polls, and the gap has shown no signs of narrowing. Many KMT candidates in the legislative elections, which will be held along with the presidential election on Jan. 16, 2016, fear that the weakness of Hung's candidacy will hurt their chances, and they have been particularly vocal in wanting another face at the top of the ticket. Chu is expected to be drafted to replace Hung at the party congress, but when asked about the possibility of Hung as his running mate, he said it was a hypothetical question that had not been discussed within the party. Chu said he will continue communicating with Hung, who has resisted efforts to remove her as the party's standard-bearer, and felt confident that the issue will be satisfactorily addressed. In response to questions on whether the KMT will cooperate with James Soong (???), chairman of the minority People First Party, Chu said he has always respected Soong, a former KMT political heavyweight. Chu said he will discuss possible cooperation between the two parties with Soong, adding that he believes that there are many ways to do so. On Friday, Hung said that she will leave it up to the party's special congress to decide whether to replace her. She said she will continue to communicate with party delegates before the party congress to convey her ideals and solicit their support, according to her campaign team. Hung said in a Facebook post on Saturday, meanwhile, that she will hold an event at her campaign office on Sunday, and she invited supporters to show up and express their voices. She will take questions from participants, Hung said, stressing that she wanted to conduct a dialogue and exchanges with the public at a time like this. (By Justin Su and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:43 GMT+08:00