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United Daily News: KMT's plan to replace Hung

United Daily News: KMT's plan to replace Hung

The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) is set to hold a special party congress this Saturday to consider a proposal to replace the party's presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (???). Unless KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) and Hung are able to reach some level of reconciliation before that, the meeting is bound to be an embarrassment for both sides. Disunity is to blame for the troubles faced by the KMT in its 2016 presidential campaign. To the average person, unity is but a cliche. To a political party, however, there cannot be a common goal without unity, and without unity it is impossible to win people's support. A political party indulging in infighting can crumble on its own. From this perspective, if the special party congress cannot resolve the dispute, it will not help the KMT reverse the tide, regardless of whether the plan to replace Hung succeeds or not. There are three possible scenarios for the special party congress. First, through mobilization and persuasion efforts by the KMT, the proposal to replace Hung clears the party congress smoothly, with Chu running in the 2016 presidential election in place of Hung. Although doing so might not necessarily revive the KMT's lagging presidential campaign, it would boost the party's showing in the legislative elections. Second, the proposal to replace Hung is voted down by the majority of party representatives. Under this scenario, although Hung would maintain her status as the KMT's presidential candidate, she would likely lose all support from the party. Third, pro-Hung forces launch a strong backlash, protesting in and outside the venue. Although the proposal to replace Hung passes the party congress eventually, it causes a severe rift within the KMT, and Chu also loses the support of the pro-Hung individuals. There is no way to predict how things will develop, but the last two scenarios cannot be what the blue camp would like to see. To prevent the worst scenarios from happening, Chu and Hung should not be allowed to clash with each other. Someone within the KMT should speak up and urge the two sides to maintain an honorable competition. The best scenario is for Chu and Hung to shake hands and reconcile with each other before the party congress, and jointly declare that they will work with each other to campaign for the party's nominee whatever decision the congress makes. Only by doing so will the blue camp be able to end this civil war and return to democratic elections and party politics. (Editorial abstract -- Oct. 13, 2015) (By Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-20 23:13 GMT+08:00