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Wang Jin-pyng will not run for KMT chairman

Wang Jin-pyng will not run for KMT chairman

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng will not run for chairman of the Kuomintang next year, according to an interview he gave to the Chinese-language weekly magazine The Journalist.
Incumbent chairman Eric Liluan Chu is running for president, but once the January 16 election is over, the party leadership might change. Media commentators have named Wang and his deputy at the Legislative Yuan, Hung Hsiu-chu, as potential candidates for the top party position.
However, in the magazine interview to be published Thursday under the title “Wang’s Last War,” the legislative speaker said that his current campaign to be re-elected and to push for legislative reform would be the final battle of his political career. Wang has been put at the top of the KMT’s list of at-large candidates for the Legislative Yuan.
The legislative speaker said he could not be absent during this important fight for the party. The KMT is widely predicted to lose the presidential election, while it could also for the first time ever lose its grip over the Legislative Yuan.
As to the chairmanship of the KMT, Wang told The Journalist that ever since 2005, people who had wanted to block his path had been dropping hints on purpose that he should be running for party leader, but he had had no interest. He was a candidate in 2005, but lost to Ma Ying-jeou, who went on to be elected president in 2008.
He compared himself to Ma, saying both men were now working on their image to be seen by history. The president had done so by meeting China’s President Xi Jinping, while Wang said he wanted to reform the Legislative Yuan and strengthen its right to probe government officials in particular.


Updated : 2021-09-19 01:59 GMT+08:00