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TO RUN IN TAIPEI OR NOT, PFP CHIEF TO REVEAL DECISION AFTER OCT. 10

(repeat) Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) People First Party Chairman James Soong, who is reportedly flirting with the idea of running in the Taipei mayoral race at year's end, refused to confirm or deny the rumors Friday, saying he would reveal his decision after Oct. 10.
The former governor of Taiwan Province criticized slow changes in parts of the capital as if he were a candidate in the elections while he was inaugurating a campaign office for a PFP candidate for city councilor in Beitou, Taipei.
Surrounded by PFP followers who cheered him as "Mayor Soong," the party's chief said many places in the capital haven't changed much, citing Guandu and Sherzhi which he claimed are nearly the same as they were five decades ago.
Stopping short of blaming anyone for the city's slow development, Soong said the problem lies not in which party control city hall but in the caliber of the city's chief.
Taipei still has a long way to go before it can be considered an international city, such as revising the city's many out-of-date regulations, Soong said.
Soong's party enjoys eight seats in the 52-seat city council and has fielded eight candidates for the next council race.
(By Maubo Chang) ENDITEM/diG


Updated : 2021-05-17 22:18 GMT+08:00