Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Po-hsiung (吳伯雄) yesterday said that Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) would be the party's natural choice if the latter intended to seek re-election as legislative speaker.
Wu made the remarks after holding a one-hour meeting with Wang to put an end to intraparty bickering over the matter.
Wang said last Friday that Wu had invited him to be the first candidate in the KMT's line-up for legislators-at-large in the January polls and to run for legislative speaker when the new legislature is sworn in February.
But KMT Deputy Secretary-General Liao Feng-de (
Wang's performance as speaker has been the subject of discontent within the KMT after failing to push the legislature to pass the amendment to the Organic Law of the Central Election Commission (
Dissatisfied with Liao's comments, Tsai Tu-chin (
KMT lawmakers Hung Hsiu-chu (
To clarify the matter, Wu said that both he and Ma were of the opinion that Wang should continue to lead the legislature.
"It's not easy to find someone who can do a better job than Wang," Wu said.
Wang said he told Wu he appreciated the offer but has yet to decide whether he would like to run as a KMT legislator-at-large.