TV personality Jaw decides not to run for KMT chairmanship

Taipei-Media personality Jaw Shaw-kong (???) on Wednesday said he will not compete for the leadership of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), but he disclosed that the party's 2020 presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (???) is considering the chairmanship run.

Jaw, 70, had announced in February his intention to enter the election for KMT chairman, after he appealed to rejoin the party he had left in 1993.

Under the existing KMT regulations, however, he would have been ineligible to compete for the chairmanship because he had only rejoined the party for less than a year, but there had been calls in some quarters for the party to revise the rules to allow him to run.

On Wednesday, Jaw said there was no need for the KMT to take such actions, because he had decided not to run for the chairmanship.

"There are other ways to serve the country," he said.

Meanwhile, Jaw said, Han has been contemplating making a bid for the leadership of the party, and there is 50-50 chance he will do so.

The KMT chairmanship election is scheduled for July 24, and the incumbent Johnny Chiang (???) will be seeking another term.

Former KMT Chairman Eric Chu (???) and Sean Lien (???), son of former Vice President Lien Chan (??), are reportedly eyeing the position, but they have not announced their intention to run.

Jaw was a "golden boy" of the KMT in the 1980s, serving as a Taipei City councilor and legislator, before he and several other members quit the party to form the New Party in 1993.

After he lost the Taipei mayoral race to Chen Shui-bian (???) in 1994, Jaw said two years later that he was retiring from politics.

He has since become a prominent radio and TV talk show host and is widely regarded by KMT supports as a political opinion leader.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel