KMT to throw full party support behind primary winners: president
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China Post
December 18, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the Kuomintang (KMT) will fully support all winners of its primaries in elections for the top offices in city and county governments.
Ma, who also doubles as KMT chairman, said that the ruling party has long-standing regulations regarding its primaries, and that there are no predetermined candidates.
Sean Lien (連勝文), widely regarded as a pan-blue favorite for the Taipei mayoral office, said that he will make an announcement on whether or not he will run for mayor “very soon.”
Despite cropping up at the top of several surveys of support for potential mayoral candidates, Lien has so far refrained from making a definitive statement despite calls for him to do so by his supporters.
KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) said that several fellow party members have expressed their wishes to run for Taipei mayor, and that his party will make coordination efforts.
If that fails, primaries will be held, but so far the party does not have any predetermined candidate, Yang added.
Sources within the KMT said that so far, four people have obtained application forms for the party's Keelung City primaries, whereas three have obtained application forms for Nantou County primaries.
The KMT has long-standing regulations regarding primaries, and members have a lot of confidence in the mechanism, Ma said, adding that he will respect the results of the primaries.