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New Taipei mayor again rules out presidential bid

New Taipei mayor again rules out presidential bid

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu on Friday reiterated that he would not run for president next year, despite a new poll showing him as the ruling Kuomintang's best chance of defeating opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen. "I will not run in 2016," he said in response to reporters' questions. His comment came after Hau Lung-bin, vice chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), said earlier this week that Chu has been "thinking long and hard" whether to stand in the election, which is due to be held next January. A recent poll showed Chu as having higher popular support than the KMT's other possible nominees -- Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, Vice President Wu Den-yi and Deputy Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu. Chu, who is also KMT chairman, had said he would not run for president but instead would complete his second four-year term as mayor of Taiwan's most populous municipality. He was re-elected as New Taipei mayor in November 2014. As KMT chairman, he said, his role is to make sure the party picks the best possible candidate for the election in a fair process and to give that person his full support. (By Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-18 10:51 GMT+08:00