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Former Premier Hsieh denies running in year-end elections

Hsieh also says he will keep his promise to help safeguard Taiwan's democracy

Former Premier Hsieh denies running in year-end elections

Former Premier Frank Hsieh yesterday denied a report that he would run for the year-end elections for chief executives in five of the most populated areas in Taiwan, but he said he will campaign for other candidates from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
The Chinese-language China Times reported that Hsieh had decided to run for mayor of Taichung City in the year-end elections. The report said Hsieh declared that he would likely do so if his party asked him and that he was likely to run for Taichung City mayor.
Hsieh also reportedly said that the best DPP candidate should run for Xinbei City or "New Taipei City," if the party were to win four of five seats in the year-end special municipality elections. But if the DPP hoped to sweep the five new administrative areas, they should choose the strongest candidate for Taichung City, the report quoted Hsieh as saying yesterday.
But in a press statement issued by his office later yesterday, Hsieh refuted the report, saying that he had not changed his mind about his career plans and that he would not run for the year-end special municipality elections.
The statement also said that Hsieh will keep his promise to help safeguard Taiwan's democracy, to closely monitor the performance of the ruling Kuomintang, and to assist in the compilation of the DPP history. After losing in the 2008 presidential election, he organized what he called a "shadow government" and launched his own radio program to comment on current political affairs.
Hsieh's candidacy for the year-end elections has recently been the focus of much speculation. Lin Chia-lung, former minister of the Government Information Office, has been campaigning in Taichung, seeking the DPP nomination. Lin told reporters that Hsieh had expressed his clear attitude to the year-end elections. Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu, who is seeking nomination from the KMT, had no comment.


Updated : 2021-05-15 13:13 GMT+08:00