Let the race begin

The China Post
Date: January 14, 2017
By: James Lo

Steve Chan (詹啟賢) might announce his candidacy for the Kuomintang’s (KMT) top position on today —

Kuomintang Deputy Chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), right, former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), second right, KMT Honorary Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄), third right, incumbent KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), fifth right, and KMT Deputy Chairman Jason Hu (胡志強), seventh right, sit together during the opening ceremony of a book launch in Taipei on Friday, Jan. 13. (CNA)

just six days after resigning as vice chairman.

Chan’s resignation was widely reported to have been the result of him not seeing eye to eye with incumbent Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) — one of four contenders who have already thrown their hats in the ring.

Speaking during a book launch also attended by other prominent KMT members, Chan said he was indeed “seriously considering the possibility of running” but played down speculation he would announce his candidacy today.

The burden of leading the party was not to be taken lightly, he said, and promised to reveal his decision before Lunar New Year.

Chan also dismissed the claims of tension between him and Hung, saying their disagreements had always been civil.

The book being launched at the event was a glowing history of the KMT written by former Grand Hotel Chairman Lee Chien-jung (李建榮).    [FULL  STORY]

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