Chu says will complete full term of mayorship
Kuomintang ( KMT) chairman and New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ( ) reiterated that he would serve out the remainder of his mayoral term yesterday, implying that he would not run in the 2016 presidential election. Chu was responding to questions from New Taipei City councilors representing the Democratic Pro- gressive Party (DPP).
During questioning, DPP councilors demanded that the mayor state his intentions regarding a potential 2016 presidential run. Chu said that after he was re-elected as New Taipei mayor, he made a promise to finish his term of four years. While campaigning for the KMT chairmanship, Chu posted on his Facebook page on Dec. 11, 2014: “I am thankful that the citizens of New Taipei have given me another chance which I will cherish. In the next four years I will complete a good term and will not seek the office of president in 2016.”
Chu added that his position of being the chairman of a political party and holding the post of a special municipality was not a first, citing the examples of former Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (
), current Kaohsiung Mayor and former Chairwoman of the DPP Chen Chu ( ), and former Taipei Mayor and KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou.
The KMT has yet to announce its candidate for the 2016 presidential election. Aside from Chu, party heavyweights include Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) and Vice President Wu Den-yih (
), though they have also chosen not to disclose their electoral ambitions, if any. Members of the KMT’s legislative caucus led by Legislator Wu Yu-sheng ( ) have recently petitioned Chu to run, bypassing the party primary. Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) hinted at a possible run for the office last week.
Chu denied rumors circulated early in March by Wang that he would not seek the presidential nomination. He has also indicated that the KMT usually makes it decision on presidential nominees during the period from April to June.
Proper Division of Public and
During the city council meeting, Chu was accused by members of the DPP of conducting his trip abroad with no transparency. Chu replied that on his trip to Singapore and Hong Kong earlier this month, once his itinerary moved away from official business, he used funds from his personal finances.
When asked by DPP councilors regarding his meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun ying (
), Chu replied that as Leung’s guest, “he hadn’t specifically made an appointment to see me. There were no political considerations or anything special (about it).”