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KMT acting chairperson to bid for party leadership (update)

2016/01/27 18:20:05

Taipei, Jan. 27 (CNA) Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠), acting chairperson of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), made a move Wednesday to bid for the chairmanship of the party, to replace Eric Chu (朱立倫) who resigned as KMT leader earlier this month after he lost the presidential election.

With Huang in the running, it has now become a six-way race for the leadership of the party, which suffered a crushing defeat in the Jan. 16 presidential and legislative elections.

The chairmanship election will held March 26 and the new KMT leader will be eligible to serve until August 2017.

"Don't forget, the KMT's loss of power is on our hands," Huang said at a regular meeting of the party's Central Standing Committee, but did not mention her intention to run for the chairmanship.

What is important is the common good of the people and the country, while the KMT members' most important responsibility is to help the party stand up again, Huang said.

"If we keep walking on the right path, right people will join," she said, emphasizing the need for continued reform of the party.

Huang was the fourth candidate to obtain the KMT's chairmanship election application forms before the Wednesday 4 p.m. deadline. Her application forms were picked up Wednesday afternoon by Shyu Jong-shyong (徐中雄), deputy secretary-general of the Executive Yuan.

The other five candidates are Legislator Chen Shei-saint (陳學聖), Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), Taipei City Councilor Lee Hsin (李新), former New Taipei city councilor Chen Ming-yi (陳明義) and KMT Central Standing Committee member Lin Jung-te (林榮德).   It will be the most crowded race ever for the party leadership.   The next step for each candidate is to gain the endorsement of at least 3 percent of the KMT's 320,000 registered members within four weeks.

(By Claudia Liu and Kuo Chung-han)