KMT chooses former VP Wu Den-yih as new chairperson

Taiwan's main opposition party � the Kuomintang (KMT) � has chosen former Vice President Wu Den-yih as its new chairperson. He will now face a major challenge to unify and energize the struggling party.

The party announced the results on Saturday night following the election. They showed that Wu had garnered about 52% of the vote in a six-way election. The incumbent � KMT Chairperson Hung Hsiu-chu � came in second with less than 20% of the vote.

Following his win, Wu called for solidarity, saying that without unity the party would not succeed. He pledged to push for reforms within the party and to work hard to regain the trust and support of young people.

Wu also said that the party needed to start planning soon for the the 2018 mayoral and county magistrate elections and the 2020 presidential election.

The incoming chairperson said that if the KMT regains power, it will respect the "1992 consensus" to ensure the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

Source: Radio Taiwan International