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Apple Daily: The sum of Eric Chu's fears

Apple Daily: The sum of Eric Chu's fears

The fears of Eric Chiu, chairman and 2016 presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), was brought to light after the party released its list of candidates for legislator-at-large seats on Nov. 20.

The list, widely criticized as a weak lineup, suggested that Chu has been under pressure from different political fractions inside the KMT.

To be more straightforward, whoever was able to "threaten" to do harm to the party was more likely to become the 12 people on top of the lineup -- known as the safe list -- out of a total of 34 legislator-at-large seats. The biggest fear for Chu, for instance, is the list's top spot, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, who has been in the position for nearly 17 years.

Wang has shown his ability for maneuvering by refusing to campaign for Chu as the two have expressed a conflict of interest over the 2016 general election.

Another good example is former Taoyuan County Magistrate Wu Chih-yang, son of former KMT Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung.

Ranked eighth on the list, Wu is apparently taking advantage of his father's political influence to avoid the hard work of trying to win in a constituency.

Chu's explanation that the list represents the KMT's determination to reserve talent for the 2018 local elections is a lie, as most of the nominees are incompetent.

While the majority of the candidates either rely on access to party resources or are related to bigwigs, it is hard to be convinced that the KMT could compete against the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in two years. (Editorial abstract -- Nov. 21, 2015) (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-19 04:56 GMT+08:00