The China Post
Date: Dec. 25, 2018
TAIPEI (CNA) — Eric Chu (朱立倫), who stepped down as mayor of New Taipei on Dec. 25 as his second term came to an end, has announced he will run for president in 2020 as had been expected.
The announcement came after Hou You-yi (侯友宜), the former deputy mayor of New Taipei, was inaugurated earlier that day as the city’s mayor to take over from Chu, who had been in the position for eight years.
Hou of the Kuomintang (KMT) defeated Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin in local elections held Nov. 24. Taiwan has term limits, preventing Chu from running for a third term.
Chu’s bid for the presidency was widely expected, especially as polls indicate he is currently the most popular of the KMT figures most likely to run for the office.