By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Ma Ying-jeou opened the special
Kuomintang congress Saturday with a strong call for unity, saying the party would lose if it was divided.
The main topic at the meeting was the eventual replacement of Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu as presidential candidate by party chairman Eric Liluan Chu.
The aim of the congress was to find a consensus and solidarity, Ma said. He reminded his audience about the 2000 election when the KMT became an opposition party for the first time ever. Independent candidate James Soong split the KMT camp, allowing the opposition Democratic Progressive Party to win.
Hung, who was seated in the first row next to Ma’s empty seat, did not applaud with the crowd for his speech, camera footage showed. [FULL STORY]