Taiwan premier criticizes Han for being 'too busy with presidential bid' to serve Kaohsiung

Su criticizes Han for spending 119 days on presidential bid instead of people of Kaohsiung

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Premier Su Tseng-chang.

Premier Su Tseng-chang. (By CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In response to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) cryptic 5-point statement vaguely hinting at a possible presidential bid, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) today criticized him for being "too busy with the presidential race" to concentrate on his duties as mayor.

On Tuesday (April 23), Han held a highly anticipated press conference in which many expected he would announce his bid for the Taiwan presidential race. Instead, he said that he was not yet ready to participate in the Kuomingtang's (KMT's) primary "under the current system" and only gave a subtle hint that he might run for president.

Before attending the opening ceremony for the 2019 Creative Expo Taiwan today, Su told the media that as long as the Kuomingtang (KMT) "is able to swallow a candidate" he has no opinion as an outsider. However, he said that each of the 99 days he has been in office has been dedicated to serving the interests of the people.

Su said that Han, on the other hand, has been spending the past 119 days in office preoccupied with the presidential election. Su recommended that he concentrate on governing the city of Kaohsiung, as is the expectation of the citizens of Kaohsiung.

"If you have time please come to a meeting of the Cabinet, because six other mayors have all come. He has never been here since I became premier. I don't know what he's so busy doing," said Su.