KMT, DPP to face political battle in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung

The China Post
Date: December 7, 2015
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Jan. 16, 2016 will be a day to remember in Taiwanese history with the nation electing a

Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫), fifth from the left in the front row, and KMT Legislator Wang Ting-sheng (王廷升), seventh from the left in the front row, and other guests, pose for photographs during a rally in Hualien on Thursday, Dec. 3. (CNA)

Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫), fifth from the left in the front row, and KMT Legislator Wang Ting-sheng (王廷升), seventh from the left in the front row, and other guests, pose for photographs during a rally in Hualien on Thursday, Dec. 3. (CNA)

new president and Legislative Yuan on that day.

Capitalizing on its landslide victory in the 9-in-1 elections in November 2014, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has high hopes that the party can regain power by taking both the presidency and a majority in the Legislative Yuan in the elections.

Chances are high for the DPP to meet the goal as its Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) currently enjoys a commanding lead over her opponents.

A recent survey released late last month showed 46-percent support for Tsai and her running mate, Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), with a 20-plus-percent lead over the ruling Kuomintang’s (KMT) Eric Chu (朱立倫) and running mate Wang Ju-hsuan (王如玄), who get 19 percent support in the survey.

The opposition party is also upbeat about the legislative election, predicting that it could increase its current 40 seats to gain a majority for the very first time in the 113-seat lawmaking body.     [FULL  STORY]

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