James Soong announces presidential bid (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/13
By: Wang Cheng-chung and Frances Huang

People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜, left) and his running mate Sandra Yu (余湘).

Taipei, Nov. 13 (CNA) People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) has formally announced that he will run for president in the January 2020 elections, his fourth attempt for the presidency after three previous defeats.

The 77-year-old Soong, who has not been relevant in a presidential race since 2004, may be mounting his latest bid more to support PFP legislative candidates and maintain the small party's presence in the Legislative Yuan than out of any expectation of winning the presidency, political observers said.

At a news conference in which Soong announced his bid, he said the 2020 presidential election will be the last fight in his political career.

"I don't care whether I win the 2020 election and will not seek fame or benefits for myself," Soong said. "But I will fight for a win for Taiwan and a victory for the Republic of China," he said, without elaborating.    [FULL  STORY]

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