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Steve Chan announces bid for KMT chairmanship

2017/01/23 14:02:00

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) Steve Chan (詹啟賢), a former vice chairman of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), said Monday that he planned to compete for the chairmanship of the party in May.

Chan, the fifth candidate in the KMT leadership race, said his decision was based on his belief in democratic politics and a commitment to maintaining peace and prosperity in the country.

In a statement headed by the slogan "Ending hatred, restoring Taiwan's most beautiful landscape," Chan pledged that if elected chairman, he would lead the KMT to victory in the 2020 presidential and legislative elections.

In the party's chairmanship election on May 20, Chan, 68, will come up against incumbent KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), incumbent KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), and former president of Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corp., Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

The KMT was defeated by the Democratic Progressive Party in the presidential election in January 2016 and also lost the legislative majority, which it had held for more than six decades.

(By Claudia Liu and Elizabeth Hsu)