Ex-President Ma denies causing KMT 2014, 2016 election defeats

The China Post
Date: March 10, 2017
By: Eric Huang, Special to The China Post TWN

WASHINGTON, D.C — Former President Ma Ying-Jeou has rejected the idea that the

presidential candidate from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), bows with party workers as they concede defeat in presidential polls outside the party headquarters in Taipei on January 16, 2016. (AFP)

Kuomintang’s (KMT) close relations with China under his leadership had been a reason for his party’s defeats in the 2014 local and 2016 presidential elections.

Ma, who is on a 12-day U.S. tour, was speaking Tuesday at an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

While he had said on other occasions during the U.S. tour that he accepted responsibility for the defeats, the former president cited a food safety scandal in 2014 and the KMT’s replacement of its presidential candidate as the primary reasons for the two losses during a question-and-answer session at the institution.

Ma spoke about his legacy in international affairs, U.S.-Taiwan relations and cross-strait relations.    [FULL  STORY]

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