By: Lee Shu-hua and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Jan. 19 (CNA) Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱)
will announce her bid to enter the race for the Kuomintang (KMT) chair post, her aides said late Tuesday.
Other names being raised who are likely to run for the post include Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義); Jason Hu (胡志強), campaign manager for the failed Eric Chu (朱立倫) campaign; and former Taipei Mayor and former KMT Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌).
The ruling KMT plans to hold a by-election in late February to produce a new leader following the resignation of Chu, who led the party to a major defeat in weekend general elections.
Chu officially stepped down earlier Monday to assume responsibility for the party’s crushing defeat in Saturday’s presidential and legislative elections. [FULL STORY]