Observers expect statement about presidential bid
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Thousands of supporters were arriving in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei Saturday (June 1) afternoon to call on Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to run for president in next year’s elections.
While Han has kept a high profile in the media, he has been vague about his presidential plans, first saying he was not interested and later rejecting the Kuomintang’s (KMT) primary system.
After the opposition party decided to include him in polls to select a presidential nominee, he relented and said he would reply “Yes I Do” if they invited him. The English words featured on banners his supporters were waving at the Taipei event Saturday.
Before the rally, organizers said they were expecting 100,000 people to show up, but later said 250,000 were present. They had asked supporters to wear red. The southern mayor himself was not scheduled to show up until around 5 p.m., with many expecting him to make an official declaration about his presidential intentions. [FULL STORY]