KMT elected new chairperson


Hung Hsiu-chu 洪秀柱 was elected the chairperson of Kuomintang yesterday, becoming the first female to serve in the position. She won 56.16% of party votes, defeating Acting KMT Chair Huang Min-hui 黃敏惠 and two other candidates. After New Taipei Mayor and ex-KMT Chairman Eric Chu lost the presidential election in January, he resigned chairmanship in his concession speech. Ms. Hung served as a member of the Legislative Yuan from 1990 until 2016, as Deputy Speaker of the Legislature between 2012-2016, and was nominated by KMT as presidential candidate in July 2015. She was subsequently replaced by party chairman Eric Chu in an unprecedented special party congress in October 2015 after public support dropped. She also previously served as KMT Vice Chairperson and Deputy Secretary-General. Before entering politics, Hung was a high school teacher in New Taipei City (then Taipei County).


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