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KMT to mobilize ‘Three Sisters’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Kuomintang will seek to mobilize the spouses of President Ma Ying-jeou and presidential candidate Eric Liluan Chu as well as Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu in the role of ‘Three Sisters’ in order to offset the popularity of opposition presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, reports said Wednesday.
With only a month left until the January 16 election day, opinion polls have kept putting Tsai ahead of Chu by margins of more than 20 percent.
In an effort to gain ground and to expand its appeal to independent and female voters, the KMT is reportedly planning to call on three prominent women to join the campaign, Chinese-language Want Weekly reported.
First Lady Christine Chow was seen as a highly independent woman with a high education and an interest in social affairs and charity, which would play well in the campaign, reports said.
Chu’s wife Kao Wan-ching could also project a positive image, reports said. She is the daughter of Kao Yu-jen, once of the country’s most senior legislators. However, Kao Wan-ching has also been said to have opposed her husband’s presidential bid, while opposition politicians have alleged she was involved in questionable real estate deals and her father profited from his political connections in his business ventures. Chu’s wife does not like politics and elections, but she understands both of them, Want Weekly reported.
Hung was the KMT’s presidential candidate until low opinion poll ratings and differences about China policies forced her replacement by Chu last October. While the change caused many Hung supporters to feel resentment against the new KMT candidate, in recent weeks, she managed to become more popular and could draw more supporters back to the ticket, reports said.
If the three women appeared together on the campaign trail, Chu might still have a chance of turning the tables and catching up with Tsai, the KMT reportedly believed.

Updated : 2021-09-19 13:01 GMT+08:00