DPP’s Chen Chi-mai wins Kaohsiung by-election by wide margin (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/15/2020
By Chen Chao-fu, Yang Ssu-jui,
Kuo Chu-chen and Frances Huang

Newly elected Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai (center left). CNA photo Aug. 15, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Former Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) easily won a mayoral by-election in Kaohsiung on Saturday, helping the DPP achieve its goal of taking the city back from the opposition Kuomintang (KMT).

The by-election was held after a recall vote in early June to remove the KMT's Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who won election in November 2018 and ended the DPP's 20-year hold on the city.

Chen lost the 2018 race by a 9 percent margin, but after Saturday's victory, he will serve out the remainder of the term, which ends in December 2022.

Before the by-election, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who doubles as the DPP Chairwoman, urged the party's members to unite behind Chen to bring back "the glory of Kaohsiung."

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