Former Taiwan president rumoured to be eyeing KMT chairmanship

26-Sep-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

According to a senior member of the Kuomintang Party (KMT), former President Ma Ying-jeou is eyeing the position of party chair which he last held between 2009 to 2014.

Despite stepping down as the head of state in 2016, Ma has retained his influence over the party, particularly its overall position on cross-strait affairs. Former KMT legislator Alex Tsai said during a radio interview on Friday (September 25) that Ma will surely enter next year’s race for the KMT chair, though the former president does not seem to intend to run for president again.

Ma’s office later described Tsai’s scoop as “unfathomable” and declined to comment further on it.

During the interview, Tsai stressed that he had not made the claim up. He said former KMT Chair Wu Den-yih, who served as vice president in the Ma administration, has been circulating the news for some time.

Wu resigned as party chair after the KMT suffered bruising losses in January’s presidential and legislative elections. Wu’s successor Johnny Chiang, who in June failed to prevent then-Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu from being recalled, is now struggling to reform a party that is unable to gain support from young voters and has long been criticised by rivals for pursuing closer ties with China.

Chiang’s tenure will come to a close at the end of next August, and as an incumbent legislator, he is likely to seek re-election. However, rumours have spread that Han, who now holds no government or party position, and former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu may also enter the race.


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