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Johnny Chiang registers for KMT election

THE RACE BEGINS:Former Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei said he would not seek the chairperson position, while Hau Lung-bin is expected to apply today

By Dennis Xie  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang yesterday holds up an envelope with the application form to register for the party chairperson by-election at the party’s Taipei headquarters.

Photo: CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) yesterday obtained an application form for the party’s chairperson by-election, signaling the start of a face-off between the party’s old guard and younger generation.

Registration for the by-election is set for Monday and Tuesday next week, while the election is to be held on March 7.

Following the party’s defeats in the Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections, KMT members have been debating how to reform the party.

Representing the KMT’s younger faction, Chiang was the first to take the application and pay the required NT$2 million (US$66,057) fee, while former KMT vice chairman Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), seen as Chiang’s main opponent, is expected to pick up a form today.

If the KMT wants to become the ruling party again, it should adopt reforms and respond quickly to shifts in public opinion, Chiang told a news conference in Taipei.

The party must also adjust its outdated mindset and figure out how to attract more support from young people, he added.

Under his leadership, there would be room in party affairs for the younger generation and his team would recruit more young talent with popular support, he said.

Asked whether Hau has a heart “young” enough for the KMT, Chiang said that although he respects Hau’s different stances and policies, he would only discuss his own goals during the campaign.

Former Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) said on Facebook that he would not seek the chairperson position, and voiced his support for Chiang, saying that those who have already worked as chairman or vice chairman should give younger people an opportunity.

Asked for comment, Hau said that he respects all kinds of individual opinions.

Although including visionary people who are willing to shoulder duties for the party is a good thing, the KMT’s transformation requires cross-generational cooperation, and he is willing to take on the role of coordinator, Hau said.

Having served as the KMT’s vice chairman and Taipei mayor, Hau said that he understands the party and has good execution, and he would never use the post as a springboard for other positions, because the chairman’s responsibility is to complement other party members, giving them enough space to bring their skills into full play.

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