Taipei mayor could announce presidential bid next month

Ko more likely to run if Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu wins KMT primaries: reports

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/11
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je replying to reporters’ questions Thursday July 11. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is likely to announce a presidential bid next month, media reports said Thursday (July 11).

Ko is reportedly waiting until the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has picked its contender for the January 11, 2020 election. The party is in the middle of a contentious opinion poll process to close on July 14.

Media reports suggested Thursday that if Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) won the KMT primaries, it would become more likely that Ko, an independent, would launch a run.

In response to the reports, the capital’s mayor said he was still reflecting on the issue and considering what the nation’s direction should be, the Central News Agency reported.

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