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Date: Mar 30, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
There is nothing wrong with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) following in the footsteps of the New Party under the leadership of KMT chairperson-elect Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) said yesterday.
Yok made the remarks at a news conference at New Party headquarters in Taipei.
“Look at Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi (鄧家基) and many other KMT members in the political forefront. Which one of them was not cultivated by the New Party? At least my party has a clear ideology and serves as the benchmark for other parties in terms of vision and general ideology,” Yok said.
With Hung — the KMT’s first female chairperson and a proponent of unification with China — scheduled to assume party leadership today, Yok said some New Party members have expressed the hope that he could lead them in rejoining the KMT to consolidate support for Hung.
However, such a plan would require thorough consideration and planning, Yok said, adding that any talk of KMT-New Party cooperation should wait until Hung makes up her mind on the matter first. [FULL STORY]