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Hung Elected KMT Chairwoman


 Hung Elected KMT Chairwoman

Sources: All Taipei Newspapers

March 28, 2016

The KMT held its chairmanship by-election on March 26 and Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) was elected as KMT chairwoman, becoming the first woman to lead the party.  She received 78,827 of the 140,358 votes cast, or 56.16 percent of the vote


Acting Chairwoman and former Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui (黃敏惠) finished second with 46,341 votes, followed by Taipei City Councilman Lee Hsin (李新) with 7,604 votes and KMT legislator Chen Shei-saint (陳學聖) with 6,784 votes.  Hung’s tenure will last until the end of July 2017.


Xi Jinping, General-Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), issued a statement congratulating Hung on the night of March 26.  Xi congratulated Hung on her victory in the by-election and also expressed the hope that the KMT and the CCP would make the overall interests of the nation and the welfare of the people across the Taiwan Strait as the top priority, continuing to insist on the “1992 Consensus” and oppose Taiwan independence, consolidating the foundation of mutual-trust, strengthening exchanges and interactions, jointly safeguarding the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, maintaining stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait and striving for the renaissance of the China nation.


Hung also issued a message in response, stating that since the KMT returned to power in 2008, the two sides of the Strait had pushed for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, adding that Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) and the Mainland’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) had signed 23 agreements, allowing Mainland tourists to visit Taiwan, and signed the cross-Strait Economic Cooperation and Framework Agreement (ECFA)  based on the “1992 Consensus.”


Hung stated that although the KMT faced tough challenges moving forward, she would take the responsibility to lead all party members and supporters to unite together to seek a brighter future.


Hung went on to say that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait were members of to the Chinese nation, and she hoped that the KMT and the CCP could continue to insist on the “1992 Consensus,” further strengthening mutual-trust, deepening cooperation, actively pushing for innovation on every exchange platform, maintaining cross-Strait peace and stability, and jointly creating more niches and welfare for future exchanges and interactions for the people on the two sides of the Strait.      

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