Hau says KMT bid will be well backed

GOU FOR PRESIDENT?The KMT vice president said that Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou had the best chance of being president in 2020 because of pan-blue support

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 13, 2017
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang, Chien Hui-ju and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with staff writer

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday said his bid for KMT

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin offers incense at the Sanching Temple in Yilan County’s Dongshan Township yesterday. Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times

chairperson would gain support from local and waishengren (外省人) factions, allowing him to unite the party, as he is less inclined to take part in politicking.
Waishengren refers to people who fled to Taiwan with the KMT in 1949 after its defeat in the Chinese Civil War.

He had intended to step down as vice party chairman to run in the May 20 race, but was convinced by fellow KMT Vice Chairman Jason Hu (胡志強) not to, Hau said in a radio interview, adding that part of his bid is to show that candidates could run for party chairperson and maintain cordial relations with other KMT members.

The campaign has just started and everything is up in the air, Hau said, adding that should he find his bid failing, he would resign as vice chairman

Hau said his campaign would be better than his rivals’.

KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) “should fare worse than I” in the campaign, Hau said, adding that Hung could improve her party administration capabilities.

He said that former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) had party administration experience, as well as governmental administrative experience, but the 68-year-old’s age was not in his favor and he lacked support from the Huang Fu-hsing (黃復興) military veterans’ branch.    [FULL  STORY]

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