Party must reconnect with the people: Eric Chu

The China Post
Date: January 16, 2017
By: Kuan-lin Liu

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Mayor of New Taipei City and former Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu has said

Kuomintang Vice Chairman Hau Lung-bin attends attend a charity event in Taipei, Sunday, Jan. 15. (CNA)

the party’s new leader must narrow the gap with the people if it is to have a future.

In response to questions at a press conference Sunday about the KMT chairmanship race slated for May 20, Chu said the chairman must make the party more in tune with the people, adding that “only then will the party have a future.”

The opposition party, who slumped to a crushing landslide defeat in last year’s general election, has faced criticism it is out of touch with the realities facing ordinary people.

Chu, who served as the KMT’s chairman between 2015 and 2016, applauded the diverse field of candidates running for the party’s chairmanship, saying it was “a good thing to see so many people willing to take on this position during the most difficult time facing the party.”

The four declared candidates are: incumbent KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), former Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), and former Legislator Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).    [FULL  STORY]

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