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Sean Lien to unveil decision on Taipei mayor race in February
Central News Agency
2014-01-04 09:50 PM
Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) Kuomintang Central Committee member Sean Lien said Saturday he will announce in February whether he will seek the KMT nomination in this year's Taipei mayoral race, with security issues the key to his decision. At a year-end reception for reporters, Lien said that if he joined the race, he would possibly face National Taiwan University Hospital physician Ko Wen-je and described that as a good thing. Ko is an independent hopeful whose support rate in surveys has led all aspirants in recent polls except for Lien. Lien, the son of former Vice President Lien Chan, said a main factor affecting whether he will run for Taipei mayor is his own personal safety and that of his family.

He said he has received at least 300 threatening letters in the past three years, and he was also shot during a campaign rally for a KMT city council candidate in New Taipei during special municipality elections in late November 2010. "When a bullet flies through your head, many things are not just illusions or wishful thinking," Lien said, describing his security concerns. Lien was shot in the face at close range during the campaign rally, with the bullet entering his left cheek and exiting from his right temple. The shooter has maintained that he intended to shoot the candidate, Chen Hung-yuan, but mistook Lien for him. (By Kelvin Huang and Y.L. Kao)

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