Taiwan: China-friendly Nationalists party elects 1st female leader
March 27, Taipei: Taiwan's China-friendly Nationalist Party has elected its first female leader after ousting her as its presidential candidate ahead of January elections that were won by pro-independence rivals.
The Kuomintang had ditched Hung Hsiu-chu as her abrasive style and strongly pro-China positions were seen as alienating voters. The veteran
legislator and former teacher was elected as leader over three other candidates Saturday and likely faces a difficult time rebuilding the party after its January electoral defeat.
Hung takes over from Eric Chu, who was the party's eventual presidential candidate and who resigned as party chairman after the defeat.
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Hung from Beijing, saying he hoped the two parties would continue to oppose "Taiwan independence," according to the official Xinhua News Agency.