GEOGRAPHIC DISCOMFORT?If Hung Hsiu-chu is the KMT presidential nominee, she could doom it in legislative elections in central and southern Taiwan, a source said
Date: Jun 15, 2015
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA
A number of Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators from central and southern Taiwan
yesterday expressed concern about support for Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) in January’s presidential election, despite the 46.203 percent support rate she drew in the party’s presidential primary polls.
KMT party headquarters yesterday announced that Hung passed the required 30 percent support threshold for the primary polls, qualifying her to be nominated for the January election.
KMT sources said that “hesitation and cowardice” among so-called “heavyweights” who failed to run in the primary drove party members to support Hung and help her pass the primary threshold.
KMT Legislator Chen Ken-te (陳根德), a supporter of Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), said there was no question of Hung receiving enough support to pass the party’s internal requirements, adding that now it is up to the party’s Central Standing Committee — and how many of its members would actually respect the party’s system. [FULL STORY]