BEHIND THE SCENES:Wang missed his second KMT event in as many days, as the party tries to decide where it is to rank him on its list of legislator-at-large candidates
Date: Nov 02, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) unexpected no-show at a Chinese
Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative candidate’s campaign event yesterday has fanned speculation that Wang’s dissatisfaction with the remaining uncertainty over where he is to rank on the party’s list of candidates for at-large legislators has caused tension between him and KMT presidential candidate and Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫).
Wang has seemed reluctant to campaign for KMT candidates over the past few months, saying that uncertainty over whether he has the right to a fourth term as a legislator-at-large means “he has not been given any title that allows him to do so.”
While the KMT’s Central Standing Committee on Wednesday sought to resolve the issue by passing a motion that exempts KMT legislators-at-large who double as legislative speaker from the party’s self-imposed three-term limit, debates remain within the party on where Wang should rank on the party’s at-large list for the Jan. 16 legislative election. [FULL STORY]