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Wu denies planning leave before KMT chairman election

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄) yesterday denied he was planning not to take part in the party's chairmanship election as an expression of his resentment toward President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).

“Both President Ma and I have clarified the issue many times. Candidates for the party's chairmanship election will not be announced until June,” Wu said yesterday at KMT headquarters.

He said the list would not be revealed until June 15, when candidates register to run.

Wu made the remarks in response to a story by the Chinese-language weekly Next Magazine yesterday that Wu felt disrespected as Ma had drawn up a strategy to take over the party chairmanship and Wu planned to take a leave of absence until the new chairman is elected in July.

Wu had discussed his plan with former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰), Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and KMT Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤), and had received support from them all, the report said.

Chiang would serve as acting chairman while Wu was on leave, the report said.

“I don't want to speculate on the motives behind the story, but [Ma and I] do not think about personal gain. We do not do things that will make our enemies happy,” Wu said.

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