Hung Hsiu-chu, considered the second most powerful person in Taiwan’s legislature, is poised to represent the ruling Nationalist Party in the 2016 presidential election, paving the way for the island to welcome its first female president early next year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The veteran legislator on Sunday attained an average public approval rating of 46 percent, qualifying her to be the party’s nominee, the newspaper said.
Party spokesman Yang Wei-chung said although Hung is the party’s sole contender for nomination, her nomination will have to be formally approved by the Kuomintang’s standing committee at the party’s congress on July 19.
Once confirmed, Hung will take on another female presidential hopeful — Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, who lost the 2012 race by a margin of 6 percent.
Voters will go to the polls on Jan. 16 next year, and the result is likely to be announced on the same day.
“I hope this battle between two women will bring forth a whole new understanding and set an example of true democracy,” Hung was quoted as saying.
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