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DPP, KMT figures stump in the south before by-elections

Staff Writer

Heavyweights from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday stumped for their respective candidates on the final Sunday ahead of Saturday’s legislative by-elections in Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung.

The by-elections are to fill the seats left by Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) and Greater Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Chen Chi-yu (陳啟昱) after they resigned as legislators and assumed their current posts on Dec. 25 last year.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who doubles as KMT chairman, yesterday traveled to Greater Kaohsiung’s Daliao District (大寮) and campaigned for KMT legislative candidate Hsu Ching-huang (徐慶煌), the son of former three-term DPP legislator Hsu Chih-ming (徐志明).

Hsu Ching-huang is running against the DPP’s Lin Tai-hua (林岱樺), a former legislator who previously served as National Youth Commission minister for a brief period in 2008.

Hsu Ching-huang, a former DPP member, appealed to voters by emphasizing his local roots as he accused his opponent of relocating to Daliao merely for the election.

Ma vouched for Hsu Ching-huang’s loyalty to the KMT, noting that Hsu Ching-huang had on his own initiative set up a supporters’ club for Ma when he was running for the 2008 presidential election.

The pan-green camp’s big guns yesterday appeared to solicit support for the DPP candidates.

DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) last night joined Lin on stage at a campaign rally in Greater Kaohsiung’s Linyuan District (林園). On Saturday night, Tsai shared the stage with former premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) at a rally for Lin held in Greater Kaohsiung’s Renwu District (仁武).

Pan-green heavyweights have made several joint campaign appearances in recent days for DPP legislative candidate Hsu Tain-tsair (許添財) in Greater Tainan. The KMT has nominated Legislator-at-large Chen Shu-huei (陳淑慧) to face Hsu Tain-tsair, the former Tainan mayor.

Saying the by-election would have an impact on the party’s electoral outlook in the next presidential and legislative elections, Tsai appealed to voters to support Lin and Hsu Tain-tsair so that the DPP could win the by-election and carry momentum into the next elections.

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