By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced
Thursday he was running for chairman of the Kuomintang in the March 26 election.
Hau lost a bid for a legislative seat in Keelung last Saturday and also resigned as one of the KMT’s vice chairpersons to take responsibility for the party’s massive defeat in both the presidential and legislative elections.
The party needed to be brought back to life again, but not completely reconstructed, Hau said, in what sounded like a rejection of comments made Wednesday by Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu during her announcement of a bid to become party leader.
Hau reportedly acknowledged that he belonged to a different stream of ideas within the KMT, and that the race for the leadership was a competition between different routes for the party’s future. [FULL STORY]