‘NONSENSE’:Chu acknowledged that opinions in the party have been divided recently, and said that he has urged members to speak their minds and exchange ideas
Date: Oct 06, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday shrugged off a
media report alleging that he plans to resign as mayor of New Taipei City next week so that he can replace Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s presidential candidate.
At a public event in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon, Chu refused to comment on “nonsense and groundless rumors.”
When asked whether he would honor his pledge to serve out his mayoral term, Chu said that he would try his best to fulfill his duties as a mayor every day.
The media storm was ignited by an article published yesterday in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper), which cited anonymous sources as saying that Chu has reached an agreement with the Presidential Office to run for president in Hung’s stead. [FULL STORY]