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Lee Teng-hui convinces the TSU chairman to quit race

CNA , Taipei

Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), former president and so-called "spiritual leader" of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU), has persuaded an aspiring candidate for the TSU chairmanship to drop out of the race, acting TSU Chairman Huang Tzung-yuan (黃宗源) said yesterday.

Huang made the remarks after meeting with Lee to report to him that three hopefuls -- Su Chin-chiang (蘇進強), secretary-general of the National Cultural Association, TSU Legislator Lo Chih-ming (羅志明) and at-large Legislator Kuo Lin-yung (郭林勇) -- had registered to vie for the party chairmanship.

The by-election became necessary after Huang Chu-wen (黃主文) stepped down to take responsibility for the party's worse-than-expected performance in the Dec. 11 legislative elections.

The TSU garnered only 12 out of the 225 legislative seats, one less than it received in the previous elections.

Drawing

The TSU originally planned to hold a draw for the three potential nominees yesterday, but the party's central executive committee formed a seven-member screening team that day and decided to hold a meeting on Friday.

The draw will have to wait for the result of the screening next Monday.

Hopefuls

TSU Acting Secretary-General Chen Chien-ming (陳建銘) said the party will communicate with the three hopefuls individually

Chen said they were hoping that there will be mutual respect and harmony during the process.

He added that it was still hoped that there will be only one candidate.

Huang noted that Lee had called Lo to ask him to withdraw from the race, saying that he should support Su out of consideration for party unity.

Huang said that as for Kuo, since he was nominated by the former party chairman, the party chairman should resolve that question.

He stressed that those who won seats in the Dec. 11 legislative elections know very well that they were elected because of the full support of the former president.

"Since Lee is in favor of Su's taking over the chairmanship, the legislators should accept his choice," he added.

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