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New Taipei mayor to run uncontested in KMT chair election
【Politics】2014-12-13  18:49:55
Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu has emerged as the only candidate in the upcoming election for the chairmanship of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), the party said Saturday.

A total of 13 people, including Chu, had picked up registration forms for the election as of the Saturday deadline, but only Chu has completed the procedure by paying a NT$2 million (US$62,889) administrative fee, KMT officials said.

The KMT is scheduled to hold a vote Jan. 17 to elect a new chairman to replace President Ma Ying-jeou, who resigned as head of the party following its crushing defeat in Nov. 29 local government elections.

Chu announced his decision to run for the post Friday, saying that as a KMT member, he ought to take responsibility for the party's defeat in the elections and has no right to point fingers at others.

(By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)
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