Wang will ‘go all out’ re­gard­less of pri­mary re­sult

Chu, Wang deny deal; Hung vows to fight on


Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin­pyng ( ) yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated com­ments he made on Sun­day re­lat­ing to be­ing “duty bound” to run as the Kuom­intang ( KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 2016 should he be drafted by the party, while adding to­day that he wanted to be the “seed of party unity,” no mat­ter the de­ci­sion the party ul­ti­mately makes.

Wang, Chu Deny Hav­ing

Reached a Deal

Both Wang and Chu have de­nied spec­u­la­tion from the me­dia that a deal has al­ready been worked out be­tween the two men on the party’s nom­i­na­tion.

Chu told re­porters yes­ter­day that be­fore May 16, the party dead­line for en­ter­ing the pri­mary, he had urged po­ten­tial can­di­dates, in­clud­ing Wang and Hung to seek the nom­i­na­tion while main­tain­ing party sol­i­dar­ity. He also re­it­er­ated pre­vi­ous state­ments that ev­ery part of the pri­mary would be run ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions and that Hung as the only reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pant would be given an op­por­tu­nity to present her pol­icy plat­form and be given a fairly con­ducted opin­ion poll.

Mean­while, an un­named KMT leg­is­la­tor of Taipei City re­vealed yes­ter­day that Wang’s re­marks will prob­a­bly not pre­vent Hung from pass­ing the party’s opin­ion poll thresh­old; but that the speaker’s ul­ti­mate power lies in his in­flu­ence over mem­bers of the KMT’s Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee (CSC), which must for­mally ap­prove any party nom­i­nee. Ac­cord­ing to the leg­is­la­tor, the party chair­man’s ap­proval will not be over­rid­den by the CSC. A deal be­tween the two men that elim­i­nated Hung should she pass the opin­ion poll “would be the end of the KMT,” the leg­is­la­tor sur­mised.

Wang’s com­ments over the last two days have drawn at­ten­tion and spec­u­la­tion over the prospects of how the KMT will pro­ceed with its pri­maries. While party Chair­man Eric Chu ( ), who also serves as mayor of New Taipei City, in­sists that the KMT will run its pri­mary ac­cord­ing to party rules and reg­u­la­tions, spec­u­la­tion from party elites and the me­dia now sug­gest that with Wang’s com­ments, the out­look for hope­ful Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) is again murkier than pre­vi­ously thought.

Hung, the only KMT mem­ber who has passed each of the party’s pri­mary reg­u­la­tions and ap­pli­ca­tion dead­lines be­gin­ning in March, is sched­uled to de­liver her pol­icy plat­form to the CSC on Wed­nes­day. She will then be sub­jected to vet­ting by a party-sanc­tioned tele­phone opin­ion poll to be con­ducted on June 12 and 13. Hung could be of­fi­cially nom­i­nated as a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date if she ex­ceeds the pop­u­lar­ity and electabil­ity thresh­old of 30 per­cent set by the KMT.

On Mon­day, Hung said she was pro­ceed­ing as planned, “with courage, one step at a time.” She as­sured her sup­port­ers she would re­main com­mit­ted to the task of ob­tain­ing op­ti­mal re­sults in the opin­ion poll.

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