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PFP candidate back from Bhutan with 'spirit of harmony'

PFP candidate back from Bhutan with 'spirit of harmony'

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) People First Party (PFP) vice presidential candidate Lin Ruey-shiung said Monday after returning from a short trip to Bhutan that he brought back harmony and peace to a country without either over the past 15 years due to its political divide. Lin, speaking at the PFP's campaign headquarters, said the spirit of harmony that he brought back to Taiwan would give voters "a flash of thought that will bring Taiwan a bright future" when they cast their ballots on Election Day on Jan. 14. The vice presidential candidate and public health expert, who went to Bhutan in search of the secret of happiness at the invitation of Bhutan's former Health Minister Gado Tshering, said he learned from Tshering that the foundation of happiness lies in health. Back in Taiwan, however, Lin had to quickly return to the world of politics. The PFP ticket, consisting of PFP Chairman James Soong and Lin, is in a tough battle against incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen. Lin attacked the DPP's Tsai for her recent advocacy of a coalition government if she gets elected, contending that the DPP was "saying one thing while doing another." He said the public had learned from "experience" during the eight-year term of former President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP and was skeptical of how genuine Tsai's proposal was. Meanwhile, Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi, a Soong protege, openly threw his support behind Ma Monday. Lin said Fu was in a tough spot, and he sympathized with Fu's predicament. (By Bien Chen-feng and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-02-27 03:42 GMT+08:00