Keelung speaker insists on mayoral bid
Central News Agency
2014-07-10 12:20 PM
Taipei, July 10 (CNA) The speaker of the Keelung Municipal Council said Thursday that he will continue his campaign to be elected mayor of the northern Taiwan port city, a day after the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) dropped him as the party's candidate. Huang Jing-tai, who is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a real estate developer, made the announcement in defiance of the decision reached at a KMT Central Committee meeting a day earlier to find a replacement candidate in the election to be held Nov. 29. The KMT made the decision after several attempts to persuade Huang to withdraw from the race proved unsuccessful. Huang spoke to reporters in front of a temple in Keelung and said that he will launch a petition to seek endorsement from the voters to run as an independent. Expressing full confidence in his victory, Huang said he has devoted his life to serving his constituents over the past 20 years and is "the only pan-blue candidate who stands a chance of winning" in the greater Taipei area. The speaker stressed that he is "forever the KMT's best friend" and dismissed the corruption allegations against him as "a mere mistake." He also criticized the KMT's decision to revoke his nomination, describing it as a violation of the party's nomination rules and due process and said that he will "leave the judgement to the people." Huang, 48, is seeking to replace KMT member Chang Tong-rong, who will step down after having served seven years as mayor of Keelung. Chang became mayor in a 2007 by-election after his predecessor, also a KMT member, died in office. In 2009, Chang won re-election with 55 percent of the vote but has since caused controversies involving influence peddling. (By Bien Chin-feng, Jay Chen and Y.F. Low)
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