OPINION: Looking Back on a Farcical Start to the Han Kuo-yu Era

The start of Han Kuo-yu’s reign as mayor of Kaohsiung has been defined by lies, more lies and a lack of accountability.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/02/14
By: David Evans

Credit: Reuters / TPG

It is now nearly three months since Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) swept to victory in the Kaohsiung mayoral elections and almost two months since his inauguration on Dec. 25.

Given the massive swing that he managed to elicit from the people of Kaohsiung and the wave of adoration that followed him everywhere throughout the campaign, it is probably safe to assume that Han had hoped for a fairly smooth start to life in the most senior elected position he has held during his long career in public service.

However, it is fair to say that things have not exactly gone to plan. His first six weeks in office have been little short of farcical – although this is exactly what those who saw through the bluster and rhetoric of his election campaign predicted.

It is difficult to know where to start when trying to write a summary of the first two months of the Han Kuo-yu era in Kaohsiung. Like trying to choose an inadvisable tweet from Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, there are just so many incidents to choose from.

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