KMT Vice Chairman resigns from party amid mass resignation

KMT Vice Chairman resigns from party amid mass resignation
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (C), Vice President Wu Den-yih (L) and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (R) wave Taiwan flags during a flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Office Square in Taipei on January 1, 2014.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - In a slew of resignations following the Kuomintang's (KMT) landslide defeat in the Nov. 29 election, KMT Vice Chairman Wu Den-yih also informed KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeo yesterday that he would be resigning from his position.

After Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin's resignation from his Vice Chairman position, Wu is the second Vice Chairman out of six to have resigned. Hau posted on Facebook that he verbally informed Ma of his intent to leave his post.

Other resignations from the roster include KMT Secretary-General Tseng Yung-chuan as well as Premier Jiang Yi-huah.

In order to take full responsibility for the party's atrocious election loss, Ma has also expressed his offer to step down from the KMT chairman's seat. Reports have said that Ma will be making his official resignation announcement tomorrow at the KMT's weekly Central Standing Committee meeting.

Replacements for KMT Chair

Speculations on substitutes to replace the KMT chairman and premier position include many possibilities. The rumored list includes Hau, re-elected New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強), Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo.

KMT Legislator Lo Ming-tsai thinks Chu is the right candidate to replace Ma as KMT chairman. Lo said that the future chairman should have the leadership capacity and skill to be "close to the citizens' hearts" in order to bring hope back to the KMT.

Chu asked the citizens of Taiwan to give the KMT another chance. Chu said that he acknowledges the disappointment citizens have toward the KMT, but said Taiwan needs to be governed by two parties.

The KMT needs to reassess their strategy on how to connect with the next generation, said Chu.

Hu said he has no desire to resign at the moment since the KMT is going through a turbulent time.

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