John Chiang’s son to run in KMT legislative primary

TAIPEI CONTEST:Chiang Wan-an said the nation has changed since last year’s Sunflower movement and young people need to step forward and boost the KMT

Taipei Times
Date:  Mar 31, 2015
By: Tsai Ya-hua, Wang Wen-hsuan and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安), the son of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman

Chiang Wan-an, the son of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman John Chiang, talks to reporters in Taipei on Sunday after having announced his bid to run in the KMT’s legislative primary in Zhongshan and Songshan districts.  Photo: Tsai Ya-hua, Taipei Times

Chiang Wan-an, the son of former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman John Chiang, talks to reporters in Taipei on Sunday after having announced his bid to run in the KMT’s legislative primary in Zhongshan and Songshan districts. Photo: Tsai Ya-hua, Taipei Times

John Chiang (蔣孝嚴) and a fourth-generation descendant of former president Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石), on Sunday announced that he would run in the KMT’s legislative primary in Taipei’s Zhongshan (中山) and Songshan (松山) districts, pitting himself against incumbent KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) and KMT Taipei City Councilor Wang Hung-wei (王鴻薇).

Chiang Wan-an’s bid for the candidacy has been described by pundits as an attempt to avenge his father’s defeat at the hands of Lo in a 2011 KMT legislative primary.

Chiang Wan-an, 37, rejected the accusation, saying that there was no animosity between his family and Lo.

The nation has changed since the Sunflower movement and the nine-in-one elections last year, and young people need to step forward and bolster the KMT after the party suffered its greatest defeat in last year’s elections, Chiang Wan-an said.

Chiang Wan-an, who holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has been working as a lawyer in the US and is a partner in a Taiwanese law firm. He said that he does not have dual citizenship when reporters asked him about his nationality.     [FULL  STORY]

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