Wang ‘must run’ for Leg­is­la­ture re­turn

For spot in Leg­isla­tive Yuan, Wang faces dis­trict poll: Hung


Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu- chu ( ) said at an in­ter­view yesterday morn­ing that Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin- pyng ( ) will have to run for leg­is­la­tor in a dis­trict if he wishes to re­turn to the Leg­isla­tive Yuan in the fu­ture.

Ap­proved by the Kuom­intang Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee ( ) by “one sec­ond of ap­plause” on Mon­day, Hung easily passed the KMT’s 30- per­cent min­i­mum ap­proval rat­ing, and is now likely the KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. A na­tion­wide KMT party congress will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on July 14.

Hung was in­ter­viewed yesterday morn­ing, as she set out on her jour­ney to “visit and learn from the lead­ing fig­ures of the KMT party re­gard­ing po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sues.”

When be­ing asked whether she sup­ports Wang be­ing re­elected as leg­isla­tive speaker in the fu­ture, she said that it is cur­rently a mat­ter of le­git­i­macy, and not whether she sup­ports him. “It is un­likely that the party will amend its cur­rent reg­u­la­tion re­gard­ing leg­is­la­tors’ nom­i­na­tions again, as was done in 2011,” she said.

In 2011, the party passed an amend­ment al­low­ing the leg­isla­tive speaker to be al­lowed to run twice on the party’s list for leg­isla­tive elec­tions, which pre­vi­ously had not been al­lowed. Ac­cord­ingly, Wang can­not be nom­i­nated again for the party list.

Asked whether Hung will in- vite Wang to join her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, she said that she will “ask kindly and even beg” for his sup­port, “and if he is will­ing to par­tic­i­pate, he will be made at least cam­paign man­ager.”

Hung Vis­its KMT Honorary Chair­man

Hung yesterday vis­ited KMT Honorary Chair­man Wu Poh­si­ung ( ), who re­cently had a slight stroke and is cur­rently re­cov­er­ing. Wu was his usual fun and hu­mor­ous self dur­ing their con­ver­sa­tion, jok­ing that “mak­ing Hung run for pres­i­dent is even more dif­fi­cult than mak­ing her get mar­ried.”

Wu told Hung that she didn’t have to visit him, that “ev­ery­thing that needs to be done will be done,” and that he will see to it that his son Wu Chih-yang ( ) will man­age ev­ery­thing prop­erly.” Wu also sug­gested that Hung re­cruit more young peo­ple to her cam­paign. “Do your best and don’t get too con­cerned with win­ning or los­ing,” he said.

Later in the day, Hung told re­porters that she will also be vis­it­ing Peo­ple First Party (

) chief James Soong ( ), for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Lien Chan ( ), and other ma­jor fig­ures of the rul­ing coali­tion.

Ma Lacks Com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Skills: Hung

Wu said that many have sug­gested she cut all ties with Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ( ), how­ever, she be­lieves that “over­all, he has achieved good things as well as bad ones, too. One should not pooh-pooh his rep­u­ta­tion and ac­com­plish­ments based on the bad de­ci­sions he had made.”

“For ex­am­ple, the in­crease in wa­ter and elec­tric­ity rates was in fact a cor­rect move. It was sim­ply launched at a bad time, which was why it was so heav­ily con­demned.” She added that Ma is not good at com­mu­ni­cat­ing with oth­ers. “The way he com­mu­ni­cates lacks a cer­tain de­gree of aes­thet­ics,” she said.


Leg­isla­tive Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ), cen­ter right, joins hands with Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (

), the po­ten­tial Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, yesterday. “I want to af­firm to the public that the KMT has now joined tightly to­gether. For the sake of Tai­wan, we will not step down!” Wang said.

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