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Taiwan ruling party considers dumping presidential candidate

TAIPEI _ Taiwan's ruling party may take the unprecedented step of replacing its presidential nominee three months before election day as it tries to reverse a 25 percentage point lead by the main opposition candidate. The Kuomintang party will hold an extraordinary congress to "strengthen the party's consensus," it said Wednesday in an e- mailed statement, without being more specific. The meeting will determine if lawmaker Hung Hsiu-chu should be replaced as the nominee by party Chairman Eric Chu, the Taipei-based Apple Daily reported. Hung's popularity has been damaged by perceptions she supports closer ties with mainland China than most people in Taiwan. If Chu...