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KMT head to accept nomination as presidential candidate Saturday

2015/10/14 23:22:48

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) Eric Chu (朱立倫), chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), is expected to accept his party's nomination as its new candidate for the 2016 presidential election, at a special party congress that will be held Saturday.

However, Chu's statement will not come until the end of the session, after the delegates have approved a proposal by the party's Central Standing Committee to rescind the candidacy of Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) and nominate him instead.

Party officials said Wednesday that the congress organizers were mulling whether to use the word "rescind" or "withdraw" with respect to Hung's nomination, at the congress.

The CSC earlier in the day passed a resolution to "rescind" Hung's candidacy, in fear of the legal implications involved in "withdrawing" its decision to confirm her as the candidate in July.

However, even the word "rescind" might not be a respectful way to make the announcement in Hung's presence, the officials said.

Hung will be among five KMT VIPs who will give speeches at the gathering over a 60-minute period. The other four are President Ma Ying-jeou, former chairmen Lien Chan and Wu Poh-hsiung, and Chu.

The speeches will be followed by a 90-minute discussion of the CSC's proposal to replace Hung, which involves the sensitive issue of how to approve the proposal.

The approval may take the form of applause, a show of hands or a secret ballot, but because applause may be insulting to Hung, it may be avoided, the party officials said.

Once that procedure is completed, the party's nomination committee will immediately draft a new candidate, whose nomination will be approved by the CSC.

The new nomination will then be discussed by the congress, which is expected to automatically endorse it.

Chu, widely expected to be named as the new candidate, will make an acceptance speech, flanked by Hung and the other VIPs, in a show of the party's "grand unity" and "great reconciliation."

The whole session will last about three hours, the officials said.

(By Claudia Liu and S.C. Chang)
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