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.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among