KMT to vie for Kaohsiung speaker position on way to win by-election

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TAIPEI (The China Post) — The opposition Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) expressed hopes on Monday to maintain its speaker position in the Kaohsiung City Council in order to have a chance at winning the Kaohsiung City mayoral by-election on Aug. 15. 

KMT Secretary-General Lee Chien-lung (李乾龍) made the comment in light of the suicide of former KMT Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Hsu Kun-yuan (許崑源) on June 7, following the successful recall of former Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜). 

If the KMT is unsuccessful in securing the job of speaker, Lee believes there is no purpose in sending a KMT candidate to run against the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP, 民進黨) candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) and the Taiwan People’s Party’s (TPP, 台灣民眾黨) Wu Yi-jheng (吳益政) in the Kaohsiung City by-election.

Given that the KMT enjoys a majority in the council, it is imperative that they use their advantage to win this position, Lee said, hoping to use all channels to bring momentum to the mayoral by-election. 

To help increase the KMT’s chance of success, Lee Chien-lung has reached out privately to Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) to ask for his support. Chien-lung emphasized that in the upcoming weeks, it will be necessary to put the party’s interest in front of personal interest to help win the elections.

Wang told Lee that he feels a responsibility towards the party he is so truly in love with. Lee said that he is confident that Wang’s support will help stabilize the party’s power in Kaohsiung. However, he underlined the importance of not underestimating the DPP as they have an immense amount of money.

Since then, Wang Jin-pyng reportedly reached out to several legislators including the Deputy Speaker Lu Shu-mei (陸淑美) to ask for their support in the fight for the job of speaker.