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Taipei Mayor to remain neutral in presidential election

Taipei Mayor to remain neutral in presidential election

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Thursday that he will remain politically neutral in the presidential election, because the three presidential candidates and two of the three vice presidential candidates are acquaintances, and it would be awkward to campaign for any one of them.

The presidential candidates of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as well as the People First Party (PFP) have all announced their respective running mates this week.

Mayor Ko, who garnered impressive support to win the Taipei City mayor election in November 2014, was inquired by the press on the possibility of attending the campaign activities of any of the presidential candidates as he visited an exhibition on nutrition and agriculture in Taipei.

He stressed that he will not be present at the campaign rallies of any of the presidential candidates, admitting that KMT presidential candidate Eric Chu, DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen and her running mate Chen Chien-jen, as well as PFP presidential candidate James Soong and his running mate Hsu Hsin-ying are all good friends.

Chu's running mate Wang Ju-hsuan remains the only one among the three presidential candidates and three vice presidential candidates with whom he has absolutely no personal connection.

Commenting on Taiwan's election culture, the mayor said, although it is not easy to have elections free from accusations and controversy, negative practices should be reduced to a minimum. (By Ku Chuan and Lillian Lin)

Updated : 2021-09-19 03:25 GMT+08:00