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KMT chairman apologizes to presidential candidate Hung

KMT chairman apologizes to presidential candidate Hung

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA) Ruling Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu (???) apologized Tuesday to the party's presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (???) over its plan to nominate a new candidate to boost its flagging presidential and legislative elections campaign. Chu said that, as the party's chairman, he is responsible for the party's sagging and trouble-plagued campaign. "I haven't worked hard enough and my communication efforts have fallen short," Chu said. "I must apologize to all fellow party members and I want to express my highest apologies to Deputy Speaker Hung for what has happened, for making this decision we had no choice but to make." Chu said he will issue a formal apology and give a complete explanation at the party's Central Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday and at the special party congress scheduled for Oct. 17. Hung was nominated as the KMT's presidential nominee at a party congress in July but has not been able to narrow the wide gap in polls with opposition Democratic Progressive Party rival Tsai Ing-wen (???). The KMT has decided to hold a special party congress on Oct. 17 to consider a proposal to replace Hung. It is likely that Chu will be named the party's new candidate for the Jan. 16, 2016 election. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-20 19:40 GMT+08:00