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