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Taiwan: will dark horse pushing cross-strait union upend two-way race for KMT chair?

Days before Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang party elects a new leader, a hardline pro-unification candidate has dramatically emerged as the front runner, to seriously threaten what was to have been a two-way race between the incumbent and former chairman on Saturday.

Four candidates are vying for the KMT’s top post and, even until late last month, all eyes were still on the fierce campaign between ex-chairman and New Taipei mayor Eric Chu Li-luan, 60, and incumbent chairman Johnny Chiang, 49, who is also a legislator.

But now, thanks to a September 4 televised debate and a controversial KMT decision to discipline him, NGO chief Chang Ya-chung, who is little known outside Taiwan, has successfully established himself as a tragic hero fighting to steer the century-old party back to its mainland China-centric road.

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