Former Kuomintang chair decides to run for party chair once more

03-Aug-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 7:02 AM Print This Post

Former Kuomintang (KMT) Chair Eric Chu on Monday (August 2) announced his candidacy for party chair, prompting a wave of comments from fellow party members.

Former KMT vice Chair Hao Lung-pin said in an interview with media that Chu is doing what he thinks is best for the party, which is worthy of recognition, per CNA. The KMT must have strong leadership and supervision and be able to carry out policies that reflect public opinion in a timely manner, which is what the party will do in future reforms, Hao said.

He added that although he believed the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has been lackluster with regard to vaccinations and epidemic prevention, the KMT should not hope for the opposition to fail. If the people do not feel the KMT has reformed and changed, its future growth could be problematic, he noted.

Current KMT Chair Johnny Chiang previously said the election for party chair is a routine inner-party democratic procedure. He added that he respects any party member who is willing to run for the position. The chair also said he welcomes healthy competition for elections within the party.

Meanwhile, former Changhua County Magistrate Chuo Po-yuan said that he would like to give Chu his blessings. The election for party chair has been postponed indefinitely since Taiwan began experiencing a surge in COVID cases in mid-May.


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