May 09, 2018 General Comments Off on Taipei mayor rules out presidential run if reelected
Taipei, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) on Wednesday dismissed speculations that he would seek to run for president in 2020 if he is reelected to head the city government in the local elections later this year.
In a radio interview, Ko said he had no idea where the speculations originated and that they were nothing more than rumors.
"I don't know where the rumors came from," he said. "I've never indicated I will go on to run for president if I'm re-elected this year."
Ko, who ran as an independent in 2014 and plans to do so again this year, said a presidential run would be almost impossible without affiliation to a party.
"Without a political party, without an organization or a foundation, without (the support of) a conglomerate, how do you run (for president)?" he said.
Asked if he would support President Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2020, Ko said he definitely would.
"If she runs for re-election, I certainly will support her," he said. "And I think she will be reelected."
His comments came amid growing voices in the DPP for the party to field a candidate for the Taipei mayoral seat in November, despite the reelection bid by Ko, who had the DPP's backing in 2014.
This year, the DPP's support does not seem automatic for Ko, who has been criticized in the pan-green camp for making pro-China statements such as "both sides of the Taiwan Straits should be as close as a family."
The mayoral election in Taipei appears to be shaping up to present a strong challenge to Ko as the pan-blue Kuomintang seeks to win back the city, while minor parties and independents are also entering the race.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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