KMT yet to pick time and date for National Congress
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) said yesterday it has not yet decided when and where its annual National Congress will be held, two weeks after it postponed the congress that was originally set to take place on Sept. 29 in Taipei.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The KMT was scheduled to hold its 19th National Congress meeting on Sept. 29, during which President Ma Ying-jeou will be sworn in again as the chairman of the KMT, at downtown Taipei's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館).
The party, however, announced on Sept. 24 that it would postpone the meeting for safety reasons to avoid possible conflict with protesters. Several civil groups said they would hold anti-Ma rallies in the vicinity of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall on the same day as the meeting.
Sources close to the matter previously said the KMT decided to postpone the meeting until Oct. 26. The meeting venue was also reportedly changed to the Chung-Shan Building (中山樓) in Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園).
The change of location to the less accessible mountainous area was meant to discourage protesters, sources said.
However, local media said the KMT is now considering moving the National Congress to the central city of Taichung on Nov. 3.
KMT sources told the Chinese-language United Evening News yesterday that the party has not made its final decision on the location and date of the National Congress.
Protesters to Follow KMT
Meanwhile, several civic groups yesterday said they will still hold rallies against Ma no matter where and when the KMT moves their national congress to.
Chen Hsiu-lien (陳秀蓮), spokeswoman for the “National Alliance of Laborers from Closed Factories” (全國關廠工人連線), said several civic groups had just received approval from the Taipei City Government to hold a rally near the Chung-Shan Building on Oct. 26.
Chen said the KMT's plan to move its National Congress to Taichung may be because most of the civic groups that will be joining the protest are based in Taipei.
”Wherever and whenever they hold their National Congress, we will make sure to be there,” Chen said.