812 delegates out of 891 vote against Hung
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The special Kuomintang congress on Saturday
agreed by 812 out of 891 votes to revoke Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu’s presidential candidacy after an hour of debate by party delegates.
The next phase is a meeting by the Central Standing Committee to present a new candidate, who is virtually certain to be party chairman Eric Liluan Chu. The new candidate has to be ratified again by the full congress, which should happen before 5 p.m., reports said.
Hung, who was nominated at a similar congress on July 19, fared poorly in opinion polls, leading KMT leaders to believe that the party would not only lose the January 16 presidential election, but also the legislative elections scheduled for the same day. [FULL STORY]