KMT chief calls for party unity ahead of key elections

10/01/2015 04:25 PM
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KMT Chairman Eric Chu (standing / CNA file photo)
KMT Chairman Eric Chu (standing / CNA file photo)

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) Chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Thursday that it is "a fact that the KMT is not united," adding that party members should face next January's important elections together.

He called on party members not to "say one thing and do another."

Chu, who is also mayor of New Taipei, made the comments when asked about a remark by opposition presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) that the KMT is "good at infighting."

Chu said he will set up a platform for communications within the party so that members can express their views directly. He did not provide details.

Chu's statement to reporters came as Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), the KMT's presidential candidate, continues to have to fend off rumors that she will either withdraw from the race or be replaced as a nominee.

Hung, who is deputy speaker of the Legislature, has been trailing in opinion polls behind Tsai Ing-wen, (蔡英文) chairwoman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the party's presidential candidate.

In addition to the presidential race, the KMT faces a tough fight to maintain its majority in the 113-seat Legislative Yuan in the Jan. 16 legislative elections.

(By Justin Su and Jay Chen)ENDITEM/J

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