On Sept. 12, Terry Gou announced through a spokesperson that he will withdraw from the Kuomintang shortly. According to Gou's spokesperson, Gou will not miss the party and is resolute in his decision, as the party is controlled by longtime Central Standing Committee members.
From now on, Mr. Terry Gou is withdrawing from the Kuomintang.
Terry Gou made the announcement that he is formally withdrawing from the Kuomintang on Sept. 12, one day before the Mid-Autumn Festival. On the same day, newspapers published a statement signed by KMT heavyweights pledging unity to rescue the Republic of China and expressing their desire that KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu and Gou will be unified. This move was seen as a call for cooperation. Meanwhile, former New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu posted on Facebook that he hopes families can put aside their egos and resolve disagreements for the Mid-Autumn Festival as a harmonious family will prosper. Nevertheless, it appears that Gou was not swayed by the calls for unity and is determined to leave the party.
How many of the people on the list of names live in the Cao camp but have their heart in the Han camp? There are some longtime Central Standing Committee members that are controlling this political party. The people of Taiwan won't identify with this pedantic political party. This runs counter to Mr. Gou's original intention in returning to the Kuomintang.
We always make the best preparations and prepare for the worst outcomes, regardless of whether it's blue versus green or a three-horse or four-horse race in the future. I believe our determination to win the election won't change.
The registration period for the 2020 presidential election is Sept. 13 to 17. On Sept. 18, the Central Election Commission will announce the list of candidates and signatory requirements.
With regards to signatory documents, these are all legal forms and documents and everyone must rigorously comply.
The CEC says candidates will have 45 days to collect the required signatures. It also urged them to comply with ordinances and regulations to ensure a fair election.