Paroled ex-president eyes comeback in Taiwan’s 2020 legislative races

CEC still has to decide whether to accept Chen Shui-bian's application to run as legislator-at-large in January’s elections

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/21
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Update: The deputy chief of Taiwan's Central Election Commission said at the Legislative Yuan on

Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian (CNA photo)

Thursday (Nov. 21) that anyone who is serving prison sentence will not be allowed to register as a legislative-at-large candidate. The comment is considered to have dashed Chen Shui-bian's hopes, as the paroled ex-president has not yet completed his sentence.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Former President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), now on medical parole, has agreed to be nominated by a newly formed pro-independence party as a legislator-at-large in the Jan. 11 vote.

LTN reported that Chen has accepted an invitation from the Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA) to run as its legislator-at-large in the 2020 elections.

Calling himself a gardener for the party that considers him as its spiritual leader, Chen spoke to his supporters on Wednesday (Nov. 20), when TAPA leaders brought application papers to his residence for signature, asking them to vote for the minor party to help him secure the seat.

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