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Johnny Chiang admits defeat in leadership election for Taiwan's KMT, congratulates Eric Chu

Johnny Chiang.

Johnny Chiang. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Johnny Chiang (江啟臣), incumbent chairman of Taiwan's main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT), admitted defeat in his reelection bid for the party's leadership on Saturday (Sept. 25), congratulating former presidential candidate and party Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) for his landslide victory.

Chiang announced he would step down from the post, along with his aides in the Central Executive Committee, at 6:30 p.m. as the counting neared an end. He thanked his supporters, calling for unity after the election.

An estimated 370,000 members of the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) took part in an election Saturday to choose a new leader who can propose new China policies and run in the 2024 presidential election.

Chu, 60, joined the race with Chiang, former Changhua County chief Cho Po-yuan (卓伯源), 56, and political scientist Chang Ya-chung (張亞中), 66. Chang came in second with 58,980 ballots as of 6:50 p.m., followed by Chiang's 33,604.