KMT leaders anger party members, confuse opponents

KMT leaders anger party members, confuse opponents
The recent decisions of Kuomintang (KMT) leaders not to seek the presidential office, which included party chairman Eric Chu's (above) announcement yesterday, drew sharp critiques from some party members, while rivals of the KMT urged vigilance.

TAIPEI - The recent decisions of Kuomintang (KMT) leaders not to seek the presidential office, which included party chairman Eric Chu's announcement yesterday, drew sharp critiques from some party members, while rivals of the KMT urged vigilance.

'Why are you still chairman?': KMT lawmaker

KMT Legislator Lin Yu-fang, in a blistering attack, sought an apology from Chu for failing to give the public and the party a clear explanation. Lin said that if the party could not push a viable candidate and ended up losing the election in 2016, Chu and President Ma Ying-jeou "must take the greatest responsibility."

Lin also lay blame on the president for not bringing Chu, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Vice President Wu Den-yih together for discussions.

He questioned whether utilizing the party's primary regulations would ensure the selection of a candidate that could challenge Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman of Tsai Ing-wen.

Lin's colleague, lawmaker Lu Chia-chen, an ally of Wang, said that the speaker's decision not to register for the party primary solidified unity within the KMT.

KMT is 'unfathomable': Ko

Meanwhile, when asked about the recent inaction of KMT heavyweights Chu, Wang and Wu, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je called the ruling party "unfathomable, with those on the outside unable to understand what they are doing."

With regard to his previous discussions with Wang over revising Taipei municipal laws, Ko remarked that "sometimes when a normal person encounters a strange organisation, they themselves become strange."

Tainan City Mayor William Lai reminded his fellow party members in the DPP to be vigilant of KMT actions, as the party, which has its own problems and "culture," had overcome previous hardships before.

He said that just because the KMT cutoff period for the primaries has ended, does not preclude the party from drafting a candidate to face off against Tsai.

Lai indicated that the ruling party would try its best to ensure it could produce the most favourable candidate, and that such moves could unify the KMT.

He urged the opposition to promote the best policies in order to gain support from the population.

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