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U.S. to re-evaluate Taiwanese presidential election: academic

U.S. to re-evaluate Taiwanese presidential election: academic

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) The United States could re-evaluate Taiwan's presidential election, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016, following the nomination of Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (???) as the ruling party's presidential candidate, professor Chen I-hsin of Tamkang University said on Saturday. A special KMT party congress on Saturday approved a resolution that Chu should replace Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???) as the party's presidential candidate. Chen said a source at a U.S. think tank told him the U.S. would re-evaluate its position if Chu was the KMT candidate. Chen said U.S. think tanks were surprised when Hung was nominated as the KMT's presidential candidate on July 19, having expected Eric Chu to be selected.
Given the sizeable lead in the polls of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen over Hung (???), many political observers have focused on post-election cross-Taiwan Strait relations, Chen noted. An expert in international relations, Chen said he believed the replacement of the KMT candidate could benefit the election campaigns of KMT politicians running for seats in the Legislative Yuan, because the turnout of supporters is likely to be higher with Chu as the party's presidential candidate. As a result, even if the party loses the presidential election, losses in the Legislative Yuan should be limited. The legislative election takes place on the same day as the presidential election.
(By P.C. Tang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 20:01 GMT+08:00