- Title: Taiwan's opposition Nationalists pick former VP Wu as party chief
- Date: 20th May 2017
- Summary: NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN (MAY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF KMT PARTY MEMBERS QUEUING OUTSIDE VOTING STATION HAND HOLDING BALLOT PAPER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE VOTING BALLOT PAPERS BEING DROPPED INTO BALLOT BOXES TAIPEI, TAIWAN (MAY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 86-YEAR-OLD KUOMINTANG PARTY MEMBER, CHANG SHOU-LI, SAYING: "The reason for failing last time (during presidential election) was that there were some things that were done badly. But now, after the Democratic Progressive Party stepped up, they are doing even worse. This is why we now will grasp back our political power. This is why we are coming here to cast our votes enthusiastically and choose our ideal chairman, so that he can bring back honour to the Kuomintang and also let Taiwan have happy days in the future." NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN (MAY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) LIST OF CANDIDATES
- Embargoed: 3rd June 2017 17:55
- Keywords: Democratic Progress Party chairman Kuomintang party KMT elections hung Hsiu-chu Wu Den-yih
- Location: NEW TAIPEI CITY AND TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- City: NEW TAIPEI CITY AND TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0036HN6URR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Taiwan's biggest opposition group, the China-friendly Nationalists, on Saturday (May 20) picked as its chief the island's former vice president Wu Den-yih, an advocate of improved and stable cross-strait relations.
In his acceptance speech, Wu, 69, said the party - known in Chinese as the Kuomintang (KMT) - would need to implement measures to boost the economy such as by increasing incomes and implementing pension reforms.
The Nationalists once governed all of China, but fled to Taiwan in 1949 after being defeated in a civil war with China's Communists.
The KMT and Beijing have always recognized Taiwan as part of China, but the two disagree on who rules "one China". The KMT says Taipei is the ruler, while China says the Communist party in Beijing is the legitimate government of "one China".
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