KMT pres­i­den­tial pri­mary rules to be known April

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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