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Chiang Ching-kuo's grandson declares win in legislative race (update)

2016/01/16 22:35:03

Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安, right) (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安), the grandson of Taiwan's late President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), declared victory in the legislative election in Taipei's 3rd electoral district Saturday.

His closest competitor in a crowded field of 10 hopefuls was independent candidate Pan Chien-chih (潘建志). The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) did not field a candidate but was fully backing Pan.

The 3rd district, which covers the city's Zhongshan and the Songshan districts, was one of the most closely watched in the capital.

Chiang and Pan were both first-time legislative candidates.

Despite his personal victory, the younger Chiang said that he cannot be happy for the moment, since the KMT was defeated by the DPP in the presidential election and lost its majority in the Legislative Yuan.

President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is also DPP chairwoman, beat her KMT rival Eric Chu (朱立倫) and People First Party candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) in the presidential race.

During his election campaign, Chiang said he heard many voices from the grassroots sector asking the KMT to undertake thorough reforms, which has made him determined to push for change within the party.

He said he is grateful to his supporters who gave him a chance to serve in the legislature, and he also expressed gratitude to his campaign team, thanking them for helping him complete a good fight that did not resort to negative campaign strategies.

After assuming office in the Legislative Yuan in February, Chiang said, he will continue to work hard in a positive and reasonable manner to fulfill his responsibilities as a good lawmaker.

Political analysts said that the younger Chiang, 37, a lawyer specializing in business law, has never presented himself as part of the blue blood of Taiwan's political circles and is well-received by many KMT supporters, who describe him as a kind and warm person.

As part of his platform during the campaign, Chiang vowed to push for relaxation of regulations to attract more foreign investors for the sake of the country's economic development.

Analysts said that more voters in the third district in Taipei tend to support the KMT than the pan green camp led by the DPP, although Pan had posed a big challenge to Chiang.

Pan, 49, a psychiatrist at the Taipei Municipal Wangfang Hospital and MacKay Memorial Hospital, served as spokesman during the Taipei mayoral election campaign for independent Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), also a medical doctor, who got elected by beating KMT rival Sean Lien (連勝文) by a large margin last year.

(By Tang Sheng-yang and Frances Huang; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)
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