KMT presidential primary rules to be known April
The oft- asked question of who will be chosen as the ruling Kuomintang’s (KMT’s) presidential candidate in the 2016 election is expected to be answered in midApril when the party is set to publish its nomination rules.
KMT Secretary- General Lee Shu-chuan ( ) told reporters Sunday that the party’s candidate nomination rules for the presidential election of 2016 are expected to be same as those of the past and will be taken to the decision-making Central Standing Committee for approval April 8.
The rules will be published one week after their approval, to kick off the procedures for applications and endorsements for hopefuls, Lee said.
This means that the issue of who will run for the ruling party will become clear after April 15.
As of Sunday, only Deputy Legisla- tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) had made public her intention to run for the KMT’s nomination, although Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) and Vice President Wu Denyih ( ) are also seen as hopefuls.
Also, many KMT lawmakers are hoping that New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu ( ) will represent the party in the upcoming presidential battle against opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen ( ), who is seek- ing her party’s nomination and the chance to become Taiwan’s first female head of state.
Chu, who doubles as KMT chairman, is regarded as a promising presidential hopeful, although he has continued to repeat his intention to complete his second fouryear term as mayor of New Taipei, the most populous city in Taiwan. Chu won re-election in local government elections held on Nov. 29 last year.