Although most Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators believe that the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) moves to replace its presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) is likely to have little effect on the KMT’s prospects in January’s legislative elections, they said they would still have employed a more cautious strategy.
While many KMT members hope that replacing Hung with KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) might “save” the party in the elections, DPP politicians believe otherwise, as Chu’s approval rating as New Taipei City mayor has been dropping, and that party’s planned procedure to replace Hung is considered illegitimate by many.
DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said that Chu has lost respect within the KMT as he has avoided joining the presidential race thus far, making him the weakest KMT chairman in history.
The situation might become even worse for the KMT when Chu replaces Hung, as Chu is the mayor with the lowest approval rating among all six special municipality heads, he added.
DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) said he was skeptical about the claim of some KMT politicians that if Chu were the party’s presidential candidate they would win 10 more legislative seats.
What is more important in a legislative election are a candidate’s personal characteristics and the relationship they have built with their constituency, Lee said.
However, Chu’s decision to run might make the KMT more competitive in constituencies where DPP and KMT support were evenly balanced, Lee said.
921 EARTHQUAKE: The magnitude 7.3 quake left 2,456 people dead and 10,718 injured, while 53,661 houses were fully destroyed and 53,024 houses damaged The Central Weather Bureau yesterday received about 50,000 views on Facebook after it posted the data that it collected on Sept. 21, 1999, when the nation was devastated by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake. The data showed that the 921 Earthquake hit the nation at 1:47am, with the epicenter being 7km southwest of the bureau’s quake detection center in Nantou County’s Yuchi Township (魚池) at a depth of 8km. The quake left 2,456 people dead and 10,718 injured, while 53,661 houses were fully destroyed and 53,024 houses damaged, with the cost of the damage estimated at NT$300 billion (US$10.8 billion at the current
British newspaper The Mail on Sunday reported that Prince Charles met with Bruno Wang (汪家興), a Taiwanese fugitive who describes himself as a Chinese philanthropist and donated ￡500,000 (US$683,522) to the prince’s charity, the Prince’s Foundation. The newspaper reported that Wang is wanted in Taiwan on charges related to money laundering and being a fugitive from justice, allegations he denies, and drew comparisons between Wang and the Russian banker Dmitry Leus. Investigation and cooperation with foreign authorities have found that Bruno Wang’s father, Andrew Wang (汪傳浦), had stashed proceeds from a scandal involving the procurement of Lafayette frigates in 61 bank accounts,
AT ODDS: The KMT called on the government to seek bilateral dialogue with Beijing to resolve the issue that led to the ban on custard apple and wax apple imports Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials and lawmakers yesterday condemned China’s sudden ban on imports of custard apples and wax apples from Taiwan as “obvious political retaliation,” while the opposition called for a scientific investigation into Beijing’s claim to have found pests in imports of the fruits. China earlier yesterday announced a ban on the importation of the two fruits from today, citing repeated discoveries of Planococcus minor, a type of mealybug. The announcement follows a similar ban on Taiwanese pineapples imposed in February. At least Beijing gave a few days’ notice when it banned pineapple imports, an unnamed government official said yesterday. This time
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