KMT to invite Han Kuo-yu to run in Taiwan's 2020 presidential race

KMT chair will try to persuade Han to register for Taiwan's 2020 presidential race, wife to run for mayor of Kaohsiung

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Han Kuo-yu.

Han Kuo-yu. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- With Taiwan's 2020 election fast approaching, Kuomintang (KMT) Party Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) may soon invite Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to participate in the party's presidential primary, and his wife may be tapped to replace him as mayor, according to local media reports.

According to ETtoday, Wu will send party members to meet with Han to discuss the possibility of a 2020 presidential run as soon as he returns from his overseas trip. Wu reportedly hopes that Han can register for the primaries by the end of April or put Han on the primaries list by way of a common resolution.

Wu is hoping to avoid a repetition of the last-minute replacement of Hung Hsiu-chu with Eric Chu seen in 2016, but he said he will respect Han's decision.

According to the report, some KMT figures believe that Han should "take the lead in registering" to avoid letting down the citizens of Kaohsiung. If he is elected president, Han's wife Li Chia-fen (李佳芬), who served as a member of the Yunlin County Council for three years, could potentially run in the Kaohsiung City mayoral by-election.

Members of the KMT are reportedly expected to hold their presidential primaries at the end of June and the formal nomination for the party's candidate for president will be finalized in a plenary session on July 28.