KMT chair­man Eric Chu calls for party unity ahead of Jan­uary’s na­tional polls

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Chair­man of t he rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT) Eric Chu said Thurs­day that it is “a fact that the KMT is not united,” adding that party mem­bers should face next Jan­uary’s im­por­tant elec­tions to­gether.

He called on party mem­bers not to “say one thing and do another.”

Chu, who is also mayor of New Taipei, made the com­ments when asked about a re­mark by op­po­si­tion pres­i­den­tial can­di­date James Soong that the KMT is “good at in­fight­ing.”

Chu said he will set up a plat­form for com­mu­ni­ca­tions within the party so that mem­bers can ex­press their views di­rectly. He did not pro­vide de­tails.

Chu’s state­ment to re­porters came as Hung Hsiu-chu, the KMT’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, con­tin­ues to have to fend off ru­mors that she will ei­ther with­draw from the race or be re­placed as a nom­i­nee.

Hung, who is deputy speaker of the Leg­is­la­ture, has been trail­ing in opin­ion polls be­hind Tsai Ing­wen, chair­woman of the main op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) and the party’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

In ad­di­tion to the pres­i­den­tial race, the KMT faces a tough fight to main­tain its ma­jor­ity in the 113-seat Leg­isla­tive Yuan in the Jan. 16 leg­isla­tive elec­tions.

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