Wu Den-yih assumes KMT chairmanship

Taipei--Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (???) formally took office as chairman of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) on Sunday, vowing to restore Taiwan to glory and safeguard its dignity by standing with all members of the party.

Wu and other newly elected party delegates of all regional chapters took the oath of office at the first assembly of the KMT's 20th national congress at the World Trade Center Taichung in central Taiwan.

The assembly, held under the theme of "Renovation, unity and return to power," was attended by more than 2,000 party members, including delegates, lawmakers, and former chairmen Lien Chan (??), Wu Poh-hsiung (???), Ma Ying-jeou (???), Eric Chu (???,) and Hung Hsiu-chu (???).

The assembly unanimously approved Wu's nominations of Tseng Yung-chuan (???) and Hau Lung-bin (???) as KMT vice chairmen.

In a keynote speech, Wu said Taiwan has gone through some noticeable changes since the Democratic Progressive Party came to power in May 2016.

For example, he said, Taiwan and China have gone from harmonious exchanges during the presidency of the KMT's Ma Ying-jeou to a state of widening differences with no common ground in between.

He said that while the leadership of the KMT is a hard task at this time, he will stand with all party members to restore Taiwan's glory and safeguard its dignity.

Wu was elected KMT chairman on May 20, securing 52.24 percent of the vote in a six-way election.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel