By: Ta Ya-chen, Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 17 (CNA) Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) said Saturday that he has a tough fight ahead and a great responsibility as the party’s new presidential candidate and wants the party to unite as it makes a fresh start.
A proposal to pick Chu as the KMT’s new presidential candidate was approved by a special party congress by means of standing ovation Saturday, three months before the Jan. 16, 2016 election.
He replaces Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), who was confirmed in July as the KMT presidential candidate but since then had been unable to narrow the huge gap between her and the Democratic Progressive Party candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文 ) in the public opinion polls. [FULL STORY]