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Hung Hsiu-chu elected Kuomintang's first female leader

2016/03/26 18:40:55

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Former Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) was elected to head Taiwan's Kuomintang in a by-election for the party's chairperson on Saturday and will become its first-ever female leader.

The by-election was held after Eric Chu (朱立倫) resigned from the post to assume responsibility for the party's crushing defeat in the presidential and legislative elections in January.

Garnering 78,829 votes, or 56.16 percent of the total, Hung won the four-way race against acting Chairwoman Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠), Legislator Chen Shei-saint (陳學聖) and Taipei City Councilor Lee Hsin (李新).

She will serve as KMT leader until July 2017, when a new leader is elected.

Hung had to win over 50 percent of the ballots cast to be elected to the post. Had she fallen short, a second round of balloting would have been required.

(By Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou)