KMT CSC OK’s ex­tra­or­di­nary congress History will do me jus­tice: can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY YUAN-MING CHIAO

The Kuom­intang (KMT) Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee (CSC) yesterday passed a mo­tion to con­vene an ex­tra­or­di­nary na­tional party congress in a move to oust cur­rent pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu ( ) as the party’s nom­i­nee.

A tense day in a chaotic week con­tin­ued to stoke the party’s core, pit­ting Hung and her sup­port­ers against an ac­cel­er­ated stance taken by party mem­bers in the up­per hi­er­ar­chy, the CSC and its law­mak­ers. The mo­tion, sub­mit­ted by CSC mem­ber Chi­ang Shuo-ping ( ) last week, was ap­proved over­whelm­ingly, with 28 CSC mem­bers in fa­vor out of 39 mem­bers. The ex­tra­or­di­nary congress is slated for Oct. 17.

Be­fore it was passed, mem­bers of the com­mit­tee went be­yond an ear­lier ver­sion call­ing the party to build con­sen­sus, adding a clause that “if party rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­lieve that cam­paign­ing dif­fi­cul­ties of the party’s can­di­date could not be ad­dressed, it there­fore re­quests that Chair­man ( Eric) Chu ( ) bravely shoul­der the bur­den in or­der to re­place the cur­rent can­di­date.”

Ad­dress­ing the CSC af­ter the mo­tion was passed, Chu ap­pealed for the party to speak hon­estly about what needed to be done to im­prove its cur­rent prospects. While ac­knowl­edg­ing Hung’s cam­paign ef­forts and un­der­stand­ing why she may feel ag­grieved by cur­rent moves call­ing for her re­place­ment, he crit­i­cized her cross-strait pol­icy view­points as veer­ing away from the party and main­stream stand­point. He also asked Hung to put the needs of the party ahead of her own.

Ap­pear­ing in an evening press con­fer­ence, Hung told the press that if the fault lay in her com­mu­ni­ca­tion with party mem­bers, she was will­ing to sit down to dis­cuss or de­bate is­sues, es­pe­cially on her cross-strait pol­icy stance. Hung found it “hard to ac­cept” Chu’s crit­i­cisms of her view­points on re­la­tions with China, which she has deemed of para­mount im­por­tance in find­ing “a cor­rect path” for the na­tion. She told re­porters that she had no plans to leave the KMT.

Ear­lier, she deemed the need for an ex­tra­or­di­nary party congress “spe­cious” and pro­posed with un­just mo­tives. In a press re­lease, she called the ac­tions taken by her party re­gret­table and bring­ing it to a new dilemma. She later called upon party rep­re­sen­ta­tives to de­fend the val­ues of the KMT dur­ing the party congress.

Protesters sup­port­ing Hung con­gre­gated out­side KMT head­quar­ters in down­town Taipei and faced off with po­lice who cor­doned off the en­trance to the build­ing in which the CSC meet­ing was be­ing con­vened. Singing songs and shout­ing slo­gans in sup­port of Hung, some also ex­pressed anger at Chu, de­mand­ing that he re­sign as party chair­man.

Af­ter scuf­fles broke out in the crowd and a car win­dow was smashed, Hung later de­nounced vi­o­lence as a means of solv­ing the cur­rent im­passe in­side the party.

Yuan-Ming Chiao, The China Post

1. Sup­port­ers of Kuom­intang (KMT) pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu con­gre­gate out­side party head­quar­ters in Taipei, yesterday. Some of Hung’s sup­port­ers de­manded the res­ig­na­tion of KMT Chair­man Eric Chu as its Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee passed a mo­tion to with­draw the can­di­dacy of Hung in fa­vor of Chu.

2. Sup­port­ers of KMT pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hung Hsiu-chu carry a fig­urine of late Pres­i­dent Chi­ang Kai Shek dur­ing a rally in front of party head­quar­ters in Taipei. Sup­port­ers waved flags, sang songs and gave speeches to sup­port the em­bat­tled Hung, whose can­di­dacy may be with­drawn by the party. 3. KMT Chair­man Eric Chu speaks to the party’s Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee yesterday. The com­mit­tee passed a mo­tion to con­vene a pro­vi­sional na­tional party congress on Oct. 24. Party rep­re­sen­ta­tives could choose to re­place Hung in fa­vor of Chu.

AP

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