Tsai to meet with 6 newly-elected Taiwanese mayors before official inaugurations

The president will meet with Taipei City Major Ko Wen-je this week

Tsai during a talk at the Presidential office Building earlier this month

Tsai during a talk at the Presidential office Building earlier this month (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen is currently arranging to meet with six newly-elected mayors in the upcoming weeks.

CNA reports that Tsai will meet with Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) this week before finalizing plans to greet the others and discuss future plans for local, municipal development.

The president made calls on Nov. 26 to congratulate each mayor on their success in the nine-in-one elections. She commented that party rivalry is a healthy feature of democracy, but all parties ought to work together for the benefit of national welfare. Tsai said there are many areas where cooperation is necessary.

Huang Chung-yen (黃重諺), a spokesperson for the president, said Tsai’s plans for the meetings have been clearly devised, and the Blue/Green political divide will not clout discussions.

Huang said the president believes the strengthening of national welfare should not be a task divided between central and local authorities, but a cooperative venture. Tsai and the government will go “all out” to ensure better living standards for the people of Taiwan, he added.

Aides and assistants from the six cities are currently in contact. Arrangements regarding meeting locations and other details will be made in consultation between all parties, but Tsai will meet with all newly elected mayors before their official inauguration.

In her meeting with Ko, Tsai is expected to discuss major municipal issues, and in which areas, using which methods, central and local authorities can strengthen cooperation. Some of these issues are likely to be social housing, personal safety developments in the capital, urban renewal and specific building renovation projects.

The president will also hear issues and concerns raised by Mayor Ko himself.