Taipei, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu who has angled for the KMT's presidential nomination without overtly seeking it, will meet with KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih to discuss the race on April 30.
In a statement released Friday, the opposition KMT said the two will meet at 3 p.m. on April 30 and discuss issues related to the presidential primary.
The announcement came two days after the KMT decided to include all of its presidential hopefuls in its primary to select the party's candidate for the 2020 presidential election.
They include Han, former New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng former Taipei County Magistrate Chou Hsi-wei and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Chairman Terry Gou
Han remains the KMT's most popular politician and continues to receive higher support ratings in most opinion polls than any potential ruling Democratic Progressive Party presidential aspirant.
But he has been reluctant to take the initiative to throw his hat into the presidential race, because he has only served as Kaohsiung mayor since Dec 25, 2018 and apparently does not want to appear to be abandoning the city for personal ambition so soon after taking office.
He declared on Tuesday that he would not participate in the KMT's primary, because he had to proactively declare his candidacy, but still left the door open to a presidential bid.
The KMT left the door open to Han by putting his name into its primary on Wednesday without his explicit consent, creating an opportunity for public opinion to give the Kaohsiung mayor reason to run for president.
Besides the meeting with Han, Wu is also expected to hold talks with each of the KMT's presidential hopefuls, although the dates have yet to be disclosed.
The Kaohsiung mayor, who presided over a signing ceremony for the sale of vegetables to Japan on Friday, confirmed the meeting with Wu but declined to provide any further details except to say that they plan to talk about anything and everything.
In another report, Ma Ying-jeou Foundation CEO Hsiao Hsu-tsen confirmed Friday that the Kaohsiung mayor will also attend an economic conference hosted by former President Ma later in that day.
KMT Chairman Wu and former New Taipei Mayor Chu will also be at the event, Hsiao said, adding that the foundation is still trying in get in contact with former Legislative Speaker Wang and Hon Hai Chairman Gou to invite them to the round-table conference.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel