Chu apologizes to Hung for candidate change dispute

Chu apologizes to Hung

As Kuomintang is going through the process of replacing presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu, KMT Chairman Eric Chu apologized to Hung and her party members on Tuesday by saying he is “compelled to make this decision.”

KMT is scheduled to hold an extraordinary party congress on October 17 at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. The public speculates the congress to aim at removing Hung as the party’s presidential candidate but KMT stresses the goal of the congress is “forging consensus and securing victory through party solidarity”. Chu said as the party’s chairman, he assumes the responsibility of disputes and the melancholic environment within KMT.

“I have not worked hard and communicated well enough. I must apologize to all party members and especially to Hung. I have to make this decision because of the current situation. I give her my most sincere apology,” said Chu.

Chu said he will elaborate and provide an official apology on October 17 and at the party’s Central Standing Committee meeting on October 14. At the moment, there are many different points of view within KMT, Chu hopes to unify the party members through the extempore party congress. 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.