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KMT apologizes to 'ill-treated' presidential candidate Hung

2015/10/08 22:15:46

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Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) offered an apology Thursday for what it admitted was "ill-treatment" of presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party prepares to nominate a new candidate to boost its campaign.

Lee Shu-chuan (李四川), the party's secretary general, said party officials were contacting Hung's aides to arrange a meeting in which the party leadership will formally apologize to Hung, who was nominated at a party congress in July but has not been able to narrow the wide gap in polls with opposition Democratic Progressive Party rival Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

KMT officials, while appreciating Hung's hard work over the past few months, said they recognized that she had not been treated fairly but the party must also acknowledge the fact that Hung's campaign has not been going well.

At a Central Standing Committee meeting a day earlier, the KMT decided to hold a special national congress on Oct. 17 or Oct. 24 to renominate a stronger candidate to boost its sagging campaign.

The party's plan to replace its presidential candidate has drawn widespread protests and ridicule from society, with two opposition lawmakers filing a lawsuit against the party on charges of violating the election act.

DPP's Chen Ting-fei and Chou Ni-an of the minor opposition Taiwan Solidarity Union have filed a complaint with the Supreme Prosecutors Office accusing the KMT of violating the Prsident and Vice President Election and Recall Act by "asking for expected promises" and/or accepting or delivering "undue benefits."

The Supreme Prosecutors Office said it will review the whole case before deciding whether or not to ask the Special Investigation Division to launch a probe into the allegations.

(By Hsieh Chia-chen, Liu Shih-yi and S.C. Chang)