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Ma urges KMT to unite for Feb. 27 by-election

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

President and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou joins hands with Lin Te-jui from Chiayi County in support of Lin’s candidacy for the upcoming legislative by-election during the Central Standing Committee meeting at KMT headquarters yesterday.

PHOTO: CNA

Joining four legislative by-election candidates to solicit support yesterday, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), called on the party to unite to win the polls on Feb 27.

“The legislative by-election is a very important battle for the KMT, and we cannot afford to lose this time,” Ma said at KMT headquarters.

The KMT yesterday invited the four by-election candidates — Apollo Chen (陳學聖) of Taoyuan County, Cheng Yung-tang (鄭永堂) of Hsinchu County, Lin Te-jui (林德瑞) of Chiayi County and Wang Ting-sheng (王廷升) of Hualien County — to campaign for the Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday.

Ma said the party was facing tough battles in each of the four counties, and urged party members to step up their efforts to campaign for the candidates.

“We must have determination and strive for victory in the by-election,” Ma said.

The KMT lost the previous legislative by-elections to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last month and was seeking to integrate local party factions for the upcoming polls.

Meanwhile, KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) yesterday accompanied Hsinchu County Speaker Chang Pi-ching (張碧琴) as she announced she would drop a lawsuit against Hsinchu County Commissioner Chiu Ching-chun (邱鏡淳) to help party unity.

Chang said Ma and King visited her and Chiu several times to persuade them to drop lawsuits against each other and urged them to join efforts to campaign for the by-election candidates.

“We decided to put party unity ahead of personal issues, and KMT members will join efforts to seek election victory,” Chang said in a press conference.

Chiu agreed to drop a lawsuit against Chang, too, but did not show up at the press conference.

The two filed defamation lawsuits against each other during the Hsinchu County commissioner election last year.By Mo Yan-chih

Staff Reporter

Joining four legislative by-election candidates to solicit support yesterday, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), called on the party to unite to win the polls on Feb 27.

“The legislative by-election is a very important battle for the KMT, and we cannot afford to lose this time,” Ma said at KMT headquarters.

The KMT yesterday invited the four by-election candidates — Apollo Chen (陳學聖) of Taoyuan County, Cheng Yung-tang (鄭永堂) of Hsinchu County, Lin Te-jui (林德瑞) of Chiayi County and Wang Ting-sheng (王廷升) of Hualien County — to campaign for the Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday.

Ma said the party was facing tough battles in each of the four counties, and urged party members to step up their efforts to campaign for the candidates.

“We must have determination and strive for victory in the by-election,” Ma said.

The KMT lost the previous legislative by-elections to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) last month and was seeking to integrate local party factions for the upcoming polls.

Meanwhile, KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) yesterday accompanied Hsinchu County Speaker Chang Pi-ching (張碧琴) as she announced she would drop a lawsuit against Hsinchu County Commissioner Chiu Ching-chun (邱鏡淳) to help party unity.

Chang said Ma and King visited her and Chiu several times to persuade them to drop lawsuits against each other and urged them to join efforts to campaign for the by-election candidates.

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