Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) yesterday bowed out of the legislative elections, with former Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy director Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀) reportedly to run in Huang’s stead.
Huang, who has been elected seven times and was again enlisted by the KMT to run for legislator next year in Kaohsiung, announced that she has decided to withdraw.
In a statement, Huang said that after a “painful mental struggle” she decided to withdraw from the race due to “purely personal” reasons, adding that her decision has nothing to do with “fear of combat” and that she is not “jumping ship.”
Huang said she had informed party officials about her decision at the beginning of this year, but decided not to make a public statement until the party found a successor, in an effort to not negatively affect morale.
Huang said she plans to continue all of her efforts in support of the KMT’s presidential and legislative candidates.
Chang, who last year was accused by then-MAC minister Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) of leaking confidential information to China, but in the end was not indicted by prosecutors, will reportedly be taking over the slot vacated by Huang.
Since the case against him was closed without an indictment, there should be no problem nominating Chang, the KMT Campaign Strategy Committee said, adding that President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has been informed of the nomination and that the Presidential Office said it would respect the decision.
During proceedings for Chang’s case, Ma threw his support behind Wang, likening Chang to a “pest” in cross-strait ties.
Meanwhile, KMT Secretary-General Lee Shu-chuan (李四川) rejected a report by the Chinese-language China Times alleging that the KMT’s internal research predicted that the party would be left with only 40 seats in the legislature after the upcoming elections, a 25-seat drop from the 65 seats out of 113 the party secured in elections four years ago.
Lee said the 40-seat prediction would “absolutely not happen,” adding that it would be proven wrong “when the election results are out.”
KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) refused to comment on the report, only asking reporters which media outlet published the allegation.
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