By: Claudia Liu and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Oct. 5 (CNA) A ruling Kuomintang (KMT) official confirmed Monday that KMT
Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) has twice urged the party’s presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) to quit the race because her chance of winning the election is too small.
If Hung, who is also deputy legislative speaker, refuses Chu’s calls for her to step aside, the party’s Central Standing Committee, which is due to meet Wednesday, will likely resolve to call a special party congress to nominate Chu, said the party official who declined to be named.
Rumors of Hung being forced out of the race have mounted as she trails front-runner Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party by wide margins in the polls.
Some polls even have her behind James Soong (宋楚瑜), the chairman of the minor opposition People First Party. [FULL STORY]