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Meeting between Wang and Ko postponed

Meeting between Wang and Ko postponed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A visit by Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je to Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng planned for Tuesday afternoon was postponed due to sensitive electoral considerations, according to media reports.
Wang confirmed Ko’s visit has been delayed with no new date fixed, but he strongly rejected media speculation that the reason for the change was his imminent registration as a contender in the Kuomintang primaries for the January 16 presidential election.
The registration period ends this week, and Wang has frequently been named in the media as a likely candidate, though he has repeatedly mentioned that he still had a lot of work to do at the Legislative Yuan.
According to media speculation, a meeting with Ko might repel “deep blue” KMT supporters who might find it impossible to vote for Wang if he moved too close to the outspoken mayor, who was elected with support from the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.
Ko had wanted to discuss legal proposals and amendments concerning Taipei City, such as the division of government subsidies and urban renewal, Wang said. The encounter had been planned a long time ago, but because its timing would cause the media to launch into all kinds of electoral speculation, it had been canceled for the time being, the legislative speaker said.
Wang was unwilling to respond to questions from reporters about whether he would visit the KMT headquarters Wednesday to pick up a registration form for the primaries, as some media have reported.
Earlier, Wang and other senior KMT sources denied reports an agreement had been reached to propose him as the presidential candidate and party chairman Eric Liluan Chu as his running mate.
Only Legislative Vice Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu and former Health Minister Yaung Chih-liang have so far registered as candidates for the primaries. Chu has repeatedly denied interest in a presidential bid, even though opinion polls show him as almost the only KMT contender able to defeat DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.


Updated : 2021-09-18 02:32 GMT+08:00