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KMT lawmaker backs PFP chief's presidential bid

2015/08/06 16:14:18

Legislator Lee Hung-chun. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) said Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2016, so that he can devote more time to helping with the presidential campaign of People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜).

Lee said he will "accept it calmly" if the KMT decides to expel him.

His announcement came just a few hours after Soong announced his decision to run in the presidential election to be held next January.

Lee said he had been pondering the matter ever since the KMT officially nominated Legislative Yuan Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as its presidential candidate.

He said many of Soong's ideas meet Taiwan's needs and can resolve the plight and infighting faced by the country.

Of all the presidential candidates who have surfaced so far, Soong -- a former governor of Taiwan -- is the one with the best ability to lead the country and with the most experience to make the country better, he said.

Therefore, after watching the news conference in which Soong announced his bid, he decided to follow and work for Soong, Lee said.

KMT Secretary-General Lee Shih-chuan (李四川) said his party respects Lee's decision and will handle the issue in accordance with party rules.

(By Tseng Ying-yu and Y.F. Low)