KMT chairman chastises DPP over Control Yuan nominations

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang criticizes the DPP and dispels rumors of internal conflict.

KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang and Eric Chu. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — KMT Chairman Johnny Chaing (江啟臣) blasted the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, 民進黨) on Monday for being “overly greedy” amid rumors that former New Taipei mayor KMT Eric Chu (朱立倫) will challenge Chiang in the next chairman election.

Chiang said that despite the KMT’s protest against Chen Chu (陳菊) and the other nominees that the DPP has put forward to lead the Control Yuan, the DPP has still decided to push candidates that are too partisan, too unqualified, and essentially pork-barrel appointments.

His criticism of the DPP comes amid rumored tensions within his own party.

On Sunday, Chiang responded to questions regarding the potential of Eric Chu running against him. In response, he stated that everybody is thinking too much and thinking too far. He believes that the party is united as one and that there is no conflict over the chairman position.

His comments come after The KMT’s Secretary-General Lee Chien-lung (李乾龍) recently said that if the KMT is unable to retain the KMT’s existing Speaker position in the Kaohsiung City Council, both him and Chiang would step down.

For now, Chiang said that the KMT will be pouring its undivided attention into 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).