Wang ex­presses will to run if drafted Deputy Speaker Hung chides Wang for not run­ning in pri­mary

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin­pyng ( ) yes­ter­day said that if the rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) de­cided to draft him as a can­di­date in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race, he would re­spect the de­ci­sion of the party and be “du­ty­bound” to say yes.

Dur­ing a press event fol­low­ing his at­ten­dance at the estab­lish­ment cer­e­mony of the Fed­er­a­tion of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Re­li­gions ( ) , Wang was asked by lo­cal me­dia for his thoughts re­gard­ing a num­ber of KMT leg­is­la­tors who are in­ter­ested in ask­ing the party to amend its con­sti­tu­tion so the speaker may re­main in the Leg­isla­tive Yuan as a law­maker af­ter step­ping down.

How­ever, Wang said that he does not know much about the sub­ject.

Re­porters then asked for his thoughts on run­ning for pres­i­dent if the KMT were to draft him, to which Speaker Wang re­sponded by say­ing, “I would be duty bound to say ‘yes.’”

Wang went on to say that as a Tai­wanese, he is of course con­cerned about the fu­ture of the na­tion like ev­ery­one else; and as a mem­ber of the rul­ing party, he is duty-bound to abide by what­ever de­ci­sion the KMT de­crees.

At the estab­lish­ment cer­e­mony, Wang was nom­i­nated by Chi­nese Bud­dhist Mas­ter Hs­ing Yun (

), the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Monastery ( ), as the first chair­man of the newly es­tab­lished Fed­er­a­tion of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Re­li­gions.

Wang Should Have Joined

Party Pri­mary: Hung

In re­sponse to the speaker’s state­ments yes­ter­day, Deputy Leg- isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (

) said that she is very happy that some­one is will­ing to come for­ward to share the bur­den.

How­ever, Hung also chided Wang for not run­ning in the KMT pri­mary.

Lo­cal re­porters also asked the deputy speaker whether she will con­tinue to do her best in the race, to which Hung an­swered that ev­ery­thing ought to be con­ducted whole- heart­edly, and never un­truth­fully.

KMT Chair­man Eric Chu

(

) also re­sponded to Wang’s com­ments yes­ter­day, stat­ing that although he is happy about Wang’s will­ing­ness to con­tend in the pres­i­den­tial race fol- low­ing a KMT draft, the party con­sti­tu­tion must nev­er­the­less be up­held, which names Hung as the only run­ning can­di­date in the party’s pri­mary.

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(Left) Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) speaks dur­ing the estab­lish­ment cer­e­mony of the Fed­er­a­tion of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Re­li­gions. Wang said yes­ter­day that if the rul­ing Kuom­intang de­cided to draft him as a can­di­date for the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race, he would re­spect the de­ci­sion of the party and be “duty bound” to say yes. (Right) Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) an­swers ques­tions from lo­cal press dur­ing a public ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day. In re­sponse to Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s ( that he will run for pres­i­dent if drafted by the Kuom­intang (KMT), Hung chided the speaker for not run­ning in the KMT pri­mary.

) in­di­ca­tion

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