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Kaohsiung ex-deputy magistrate to run for DPP chairman
Central News Agency
2014-03-05 11:26 PM
Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Kuo Tai-lin, a former deputy magistrate of Kaohsiung, said Wednesday that he plans to run for the chairmanship of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In a press release, Kuo said the DPP's membership has dwindled from a peak of 540,000 during period 2000-2008, when the party was in power, to 180,000 at present. He also said that Ko Wen-je, a surgeon at National Taiwan University Hospital, is keen on running for Taipei mayor against the Kuomintang candidate, but has snubbed the DPP. As a permanent member of the DPP, Kuo said, he will announce his bid and suggest that the party revise its charter to bar its chairman from running for public office. Kuo holds a Ph.D degree in environmental health science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He left a teaching job in the United States to return to Taiwan in 1995, and was invited by Yang Chiu-hsing, then Kaohsiung County Magistrate , to serve as his deputy in 2002. At present, former Premier Frank Hsieh is the only other person who has announced a bid for the DPP's chairmanship in May. The incumbent chair, Su Tseng-chang, has not yet made any public statements on the matter but is widely expected to seek reelection. (By Chen Yi-wei and Lilian Wu)
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