Six aspirants qualify for KMT chief race

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Taipei Times
Date: Apr 22, 20171
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with CNA

All six aspirants for the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairpersonship election on

A member of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) election committee speaks in Taipei yesterday following the confirmation of six aspirants as eligible to run for chairperson. Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times

May 20 became official candidates yesterday, after they were confirmed to have submitted enough valid signatures from party members to take part in the race.

The six candidates are KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), Vice Chairman and former Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), former KMT vice chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢), former KMT legislator Pan Wei-kang (潘維剛) and former Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corp president Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

The aspirants were required to submit more than 13,322 signatures — 3 percent of eligible KMT members — to qualify as candidates.    [FULL  STORY]

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