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KMT honorary chair 'dare not' object to son's mayoral bid
Central News Agency
2014-01-07 10:45 PM
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) Former Vice President and Kuomintang (KMT) Honorary Chairman Lien Chan said Tuesday that he has never encouraged his son Sean Lien to run for Taipei mayor but "nor do I dare oppose" if his son chooses to do so. Sean Lien, a KMT central committee member, has not announced whether he will take part in the hotly contested mayoral primary of his party, but he is widely seen as a strong contender able to beat any rival from the pan-green camp dominated by the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). According to the results of a poll released by TVBS that same day, the younger Lien would be in a neck-and-neck race with National Taiwan University Hospital physician Ko Wen-je, who has claimed that if he runs, it will be for the green camp even if he competes as an independent. Ko's love-hate relationship with the DPP still fascinates a big audience. During an interview with the media, the senior Lien said he does not dare object to his son's attempt to run for the mayorship of the capital city because Taiwan's future is everyone's business. "If Sean Lien has a sense of duty (to the country), that'd be fine," the father said, urging people not to "pour cold water" on his son. As Lien drummed up support for his entrepreneur son's likely campaign, former President Lee Teng-hui called for green camp unity in support of Ko. "It will be a best chance for the DPP to win" this year if it can handle Ko's candidacy well, Lee said, referring to the idea that Ko might be interested in joining the party and running on the DPP ticket. Ko himself has said he is not in a hurry to make a decision on whether to run as a DPP or independent candidate. (By Lee Shu-hua, Justin Su and S.C. Chang)
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