By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (far left) said Friday he supported senior DPP
lawmaker Ker Chien-ming to become the next legislative speaker.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Friday he supported senior Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Ker Chien-ming to become the next legislative speaker.
The DPP is leading opinion polls for the January 16 presidential and legislative elections, leading pundits to speculate that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s 16-year run in office might soon be coming to an end.
Ko was present at a book presentation Friday by Ker, who is running for a legislative seat in Hsinchu City, the hometown of the Taipei mayor’s father.
Replying to a question from the host, Ko said a Legislative Yuan without Ker would find it hard to pass the necessary legislation and would be mired in a stalemate. The mayor said he would support Ker to become legislative speaker if the DPP and its allies won a majority at the 113-seat assembly. [FULL STORY]