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Ko visited Soong headquarters

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As People First Party presidential candidate James Soong unveiled his campaign headquarters Saturday, he also released a picture showing him giving a tour of the building to Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je.
Because of his popularity, the outspoken mayor has become a target for invitations by election candidates eager to brush up their image, but Ko has emphasized he would maintain his impartiality in the January 16 presidential and legislative elections.
It was not immediately clear when the picture was taken, since the media were not present when Ko visited the Soong campaign building, reports said.
The mayor reportedly wanted to avoid a repeat of a recent meeting with former President Lee Teng-hui. He had believed the event would happen behind closed doors, but instead leaders of the Taiwan Solidarity Union had invited the media, and Ko reportedly felt he had been used for an election stunt, reports said.
Soong aides said that the mayor had demanded that the pictures and footage of his visit to the campaign headquarters would only be released after he had left. The main aim of his tour was to have a look at the design of the temporary offices, the Soong aides said.
The whole tour apparently took only five minutes, with Ko saying goodbye by telling Soong he had learned a lot.
Ko later said that he had only been visiting an old friend, reminding reporters that Soong still officially served as a top adviser to his city government.
Most recent opinion polls put Soong a distant third at around 8 to 10 percent. Earlier in the week, he chose Minkuotang Chairwoman Hsu Hsin-ying as his vice-presidential candidate.
In 2000, Soong narrowly missed winning the presidential election. He went on to form the PFP before joining then-Kuomintang Chairman Lien Chan as his vice-presidential candidate four years later, but they lost by a razor-thin percentage to Democratic Progressive Party incumbent Chen Shui-bian.

Updated : 2021-09-25 20:46 GMT+08:00