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Ma tells key KMT branch to support vote campaign

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday instructed the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) to spare no effort in campaigning for the party’s candidates in November’s special municipality elections.

Ma, in his capacity as KMT chairman, demanded that the party’s Huang Fuxing branch fully cooperate with the party’s campaigning schedule for the elections when he presided over its leadership hand-over ceremony.

The Huang Fuxing branch was established in 1956 by former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) to attract the support of veterans. The branch is composed of retired military members, their families and other deep-blue members, and has played a crucial role in election campaigns with its more than 200,000 members.

Ma yesterday thanked outgoing director Wang Wen-hsieh (王文燮) for taking over after the KMT lost the presidential election to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2000, and said he expected incoming director King En-chin (金恩慶) to maintain the branch as a key component of the KMT.

“As an important part of the KMT, I hope the Huang Fuxing branch will cooperate with the party’s strategies and help the party win in upcoming elections,” he said yesterday at KMT headquarters.

As the five special municipality elections approach, the KMT has determined candidates in four cities — Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) for Taipei City, Vice Premier Eric Chu (朱立倫) for Sinbei City, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) for Greater Taichung and KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) for Greater Kaohsiung.

The party remains in negotiations to determine its candidate for Greater Tainan.

KMT Spokesman Su Jun-pin (蘇俊賓) said yesterday that the party had conducted two polls in the city, adding that two hopefuls — former KMT legislators Kuo Tien-tsai (郭添財) and Lee Chuan-chiao (李全教) — had tied in both polls.

Su said the KMT would finalize its Greater Tainan candidate by the end of the month.

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