By: Hsieh Chia-chen, Liu Shih-yi and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) offered an apology Thursday for what
it admitted was “ill-treatment” of presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party prepares to nominate a new candidate to boost its campaign.
Lee Shu-chuan (李四川), the party’s secretary general, said party officials were contacting Hung’s aides to arrange a meeting in which the party leadership will formally apologize to Hung, who was nominated at a party congress in July but has not been able to narrow the wide gap in polls with opposition Democratic Progressive Party rival Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
KMT officials, while appreciating Hung’s hard work over the past few months, said they recognized that she had not been treated fairly but the party must also acknowledge the fact that Hung’s campaign has not been going well. [FULL STORY]