2018 elections crucial to KMT’s survial, Hau says

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 27, 2017
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday said the party needs to win leadership in at least two of the six special municipalities in next year’s elections to counter the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) political monopoly.

Hau, who served two terms as Taipei mayor and is now a candidate in the KMT’s May 20 election for chairperson, posted on Facebook that next year’s local polls would be key to determining if the KMT could regain its footing.

“The elections would be a key first step. Only by increasing its local-level influence can the KMT keep the DPP’s monopoly in check,” Hau said.

The KMT must accomplish three things in next year’s races: increase the number of cities and counties it controls, secure victory in at least two out of the six special municipalities, and ensure an increase in its total votes nationwide from the 2014 nine-in-one elections, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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