KMT chairman calls out ruling party’s ‘divisive campaign’

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The opposition Kuomintang (KMT, 國民黨) called out on Monday the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP, 民進黨) “divisive campaign” in the next election of the KMT chairman slated in May 2021.

Asked about the possibility that former Kaohsiung City mayor Han Kuo-yu and former New Taipei mayor Chu Li-luan challenge him in the election, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) denounced the ruling party’s tactic ahead of the Kaohsiung mayoral by-election.  

The Kaohsiung by-election is not only the most important election for the KMT in the next few months. The KMT also faces a challenge in the election of the speaker of the Kaohsiung City Council. 

If the KMT is unable to retain the KMT’s speaker position in the Kaohsiung City Council, KMT Secretary-General Lee Chien-lung (李乾龍) recently expressed that he and Chiang would step down.

However, Chiang stated that their main focus, for now, is the by-election. He is confident that Lee will maintain his position as secretary general, implying that he believes the KMT will be victorious in the election for Speaker of the Kaohsiung City Council. 

For now, the KMT will be pouring its undivided attention onto the Kaohsiung City mayoral by-election. The by-election scheduled for August 15 will feature the KMT’s Li Mei-jhen, the Democratic Progressive Party’s 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).