Hung says no to New Party, and not to seek seat

REFORMS:Hung Hsiu-chu has vowed to stay with the KMT rather than join the New Party, who she said walks the ‘right path’ against Taiwanese independence

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 28, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), after what she described as a

Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, center, smiles at a press conference in Taipei yesterday, at which she said she will not run for a seat in the legislature.  Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu, center, smiles at a press conference in Taipei yesterday, at which she said she will not run for a seat in the legislature. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

“long deliberation,” announced yesterday that she would not run for a legislative seat as an independent candidate, nor would she accept the New Party’s offer to be listed as one of the party’s legislator-at-large nominees.

Speculation had been rife that Hung, whose presidential candidacy was rescinded by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) last month, would run for legislator in New Taipei City’s Yonghe District (永和).

Hung refused to confirm or deny the rumor on Thursday, saying she would provide an answer yesterday, which was the last day of candidacy registration.

Hung called a press conference at 3pm, officially announcing her decision that, in order to continue to push for reform in the KMT, she would stay in the party, indicating that running for legislator in Yonghe would be out of the question, as it would cost her KMT membership.     [FULL  STORY]

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