In an effort to end party infighting, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday voiced his support for Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and urged party members to make unity a priority.
Ma shrugged off demands from some within the the party that Secretary-General Wu Den-yih (
A number of KMT members in Kaohsiung, Hsinchu and other cities and counties signed a petition last week to have Wu and Liao removed from their positions as they accused the two of attempting to seize Wang's position.
"Speaker Wang and I both agree that the party can't afford any conflicts," Ma said after attending a breakfast meeting with party members in Taipei.
Acknowledging that the party faced challenges, Ma said unity was the key to victory in next year's legislative and presidential elections.
"Everyone should forget about their personal agendas and look at the bigger picture. Even a united KMT cannot take victory in the elections for granted. A divided party will find it even more difficult," he said.
Meanwhile, KMT Central Standing Committee members Yao Chiang-lin (
KMT Legislator Hsu Chung-hsiung (
Ma has gone on record as saying he supports Wang's reelection as legislative speaker. However, Wu and Liao later said that Wang should list his achievements and follow party procedures by competing for the party's nomination.