Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday returned from a visit to the US and remained tight-lipped about his next move after he completes his current legislative term.
Questioned by reporters on his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Wang declined to specify whether he would join the legislative elections to be held at the end of this year or in the first half of next year, saying only that he would seek input from various circles.
The speaker said last year that he would not partake in the election.
Wang, a senior Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) politician from Kaohsiung, is serving his second term as a legislator-at-large.
From 1993 to 2005, he served as an elected lawmaker from Kaohsiung.
Wang’s political future has been a hot topic in media because the KMT members can only serve as a legislator-at-large for two terms.
Should Wang not pursue the KMT’s nomination for district legislators in the next legislative election, this could be the end of his legislative career.
Wang also declined to respond when asked about the possibility that he and President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) might run on the same ticket in the presidential election next year.
Wang said he would listen to everyone’s opinions during the Lunar New Year holidays see if he reached “any conclusions during that period.”
Wang traveled to the US on Jan. 22, where he delivered speeches on the key forces behind Taiwan’s development at the invitation of Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
During his stay in US, he also met several senior US -Congressional members to discuss Taiwan-US relations and Taiwan’s move to remove from the stores imported US beef products found to have contained ractopamine residue — an animal feed additive to promote the growth of lean meat.
He told reporters yesterday that the ties between Taiwan and the US still remained strong, adding that his trip had been very successful.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CNA