Date: Jun 25, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is reportedly considering asking former Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) to be the party’s secretary-general, adding variables to the staffing at KMT headquarters and next year’s New Taipei City mayoral election.
With Wu preparing to assume chairmanship of the KMT on Aug. 20, a rumor this week emerged that he is considering naming Chou as the party’s secretary-general because he favors New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou Yo-yi (侯友宜) over Chou to run for New Taipei City mayor next year.
Chou has hinted that he would campaign for New Taipei City mayor, but Hou is said to be the candidate backed by the KMT to “succeed” New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) when his term expires next year.
If true, it would mean that Chou is unlikely to be nominated the KMT’s New Taipei City mayoral candidate and that former presidential office secretary-general Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), a KMT secretary-general hopeful, would not be appointed by Wu. [FULL STORY]