Ex-Con­trol Yuan head backs Hon Hai boss to be pres­i­dent

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­mer Con­trol Yuan Pres­i­dent Wang Chien- hsien (

) has pro­posed that the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) should back Hon Hai Group Chair­man Terry Gou ( ) as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

In a let­ter to the China Times pub­lished on Sun­day, Wang said the KMT can­not find a can­di­date for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­cause it has re­al­ized it will lose by a big mar­gin no mat­ter who rep­re­sents it fol­low­ing a crush­ing de­feat in na­tion­wide lo­cal elec­tions in 2014.

He sug­gested that the KMT give up on nom­i­nat­ing its own can­di­date and back a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur such as Gou, sim­i­lar to the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) back­ing in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Ko Wen-je (

) in his bid for Taipei mayor last year.

Peo­ple are “so sick and tired of” Tai­wan’s po­lit­i­cal divide fu­eled by the pan-blue and pan­green camps that they elected Ko Taipei mayor de­spite his lack of gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence, Wang said.

Gou’s Hon Hai is also known as Fox­conn Tech­nol­ogy Group, the world’s largest con­tract elec­tron­ics maker, which churns iPhones and iPads for Ap­ple Inc. KMT Chair­man Eric Chu ( ), who is also the mayor of New Taipei, told re­porters on Sun­day that he did not read Wang’s let­ter, but he said Tai­wan should think about what kind of pres­i­dent it needs rather than worry about who is in­ter­ested in run­ning.

Chu, who has re­peat­edly ruled out a run de­spite polls in­di­cat­ing he would give DPP nom­i­nee Tsai Ing- wen ( ) the tough­est chal­lenge of any KMT can­di­date, said his pri­or­ity will be re­form­ing the KMT in the near term and unit­ing the party’s strength step by step.

Other po­ten­tial can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) and Vice Pres­i­dent Wu Den-yih ( ), have yet to make their in­ten­tions known.

Some of the re­luc­tance to run may be be­cause any KMT can­di­date will be a ma­jor un­der­dog in the race con­sid­er­ing the low ap­proval rat­ings of Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou’s KMT ad­min­is­tra­tion and the party’s de­feat in lo­cal elec­tions last Novem­ber.

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