KMT takes first step toward giving Hung the boot

Want China Times
Date: 2015-10-07
By: CNA and Staff Reporter

The Central Standing Committee of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang unanimously passed a

Hung Hsiu-chu, Oct. 6. (Photo/CNA)

Hung Hsiu-chu, Oct. 6. (Photo/CNA)

resolution on Wednesday to call a extraordinary party congress to discuss a proposal to replace its presidential candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu.

The move is seen as the party’s first step toward replacing Hung, who was nominated at a party congress on July 19 but trails frontrunner Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party by a wide margin in the polls.

There was no immediate word when exactly the extraordinary party congress would be held, but the KMT’s information department said it hoped the meeting will take place before the end of the month.

KMT Chair Eric Chu, who is also the mayor of New Taipei, Taiwan’s biggest metropolitan area, is expected to be drafted to replace Hung at the top of the KMT ticket in the presidential election on Jan. 16, 2016.     [FULL  STORY]

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