Thu, Sep 23, 2004 - Page 1 News List

New Party, KMT release legislator-at-large names


While the New Party yesterday said it will announce its merger with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Friday, the KMT yesterday unveiled its legislators-at-large candidate list, with one member recommended by the New Party.

"We will announce the merger tomorrow, and the details will be revealed on that day," New Party chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) said, confirming that the merger will take place before the election.

The KMT surprisingly ranked taekwondo star Huang Chih-hsiung (黃志雄), the third candidate in its legislators-at-large list, which will guaranteed his election.

Huang got a silver medal in the Athens Olympics taekwondo competition.

The candidates, in their descending order, are as follows: Legislative Speaker Wang Jing-pyng (王金平), Deputy Legislative Speaker Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤), taekwondo star Huang Chih-hsiung (黃志雄), economics expert Lee Jih-chu (李紀珠), KMT Policy Committee convener Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), Taiwan Agro Fighters United chairman Pai Tien-chih (白添枝), incumbent legislator-at-large Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順), incumbent caucus whip Huang Teh-fu (黃德福), party spokeswoman Kuo Su-chun (郭素春), chairman of the World Hakka Federation Liu Sheng-liang (劉盛良), incumbent Aboriginal Legislator Chang Jen-hsiang (章仁香), former Director of Taipei City Government Department of Transportation Tsao Shou-min (曹壽民), former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起), and incumbent legislator Ho Tsai-feng (侯彩鳳).

KMT spokesman Alex Tsai (蔡正元) said that the KMT had estimated a safe zone of 14 candidates.

It is understood that Tsao, although a KMT member, was recommended by the New Party.

The central standing committee also approved the overseas legislative candidates yesterday: Wu Ing-yi (吳英毅), a doctor practicing medicine in the US; Hsieh Wen-cheng (謝文政), a businessman in Japan; and Wu Sung-po (吳松柏), a businessman in South Africa. All three are understood to hold Taiwanese passports.

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