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Hung hints at legislative bid

Hung hints at legislative bid

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following her replacement as the Kuomintang’s presidential candidate, Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu might try to run for a legislative seat in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District, reports said Thursday.
A KMT congress replaced her with party chairman Eric Liluan Chu on October 17 following low opinion poll ratings and differences on China policies. Since then, Hung has kept a low profile.
Friday was the last day for candidates for the January 16 elections to register, so Hung told reporters they would see then whether or not she would run.
Hung said many people had tried to persuade her to run, given her increased visibility following her aborted presidential campaign. There were media reports that the small pro-unification New Party might put her on its list of at-large legislative candidates, but the reports proved to be false.
Hung said she would tell the media if and when she would register Friday. She added that the KMT should not be nervous about a possible legislative bid, since it had weathered more serious problems than her.
An extra issue was the fact that the ruling party had already nominated incumbent lawmaker Lin Te-fu to run for the Yonghe seat. Hung said someone had handed her an opinion poll showing she would receive 15 percent more votes than Lin.
Chu reportedly asked Hung to campaign on behalf of other legislative candidates nationwide, since she was considered to be an “important leader for nationwide campaigning,” reports said.
In the aftermath of her replacement by Chu, prosecutors investigated opposition allegations that favors had changed hands to persuade Hung to withdraw from the race, but no evidence was found and the case was closed earlier this week.


Updated : 2021-09-28 16:24 GMT+08:00