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Former DPP lawmaker mulling Taipei mayoral bid
Central News Agency
2014-04-21 11:32 PM
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Former opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Shen Fu-hsiung said Monday he is mulling the possibility of running for mayor in Taipei.

Shen said in a radio interview that he would run for mayor if he saw the other candidates floundering, if he could ensure that he wouldn't lag too far behind the others, or if he could convince the public that he is the best cross-party candidate. Shen, however, is known for his witty and often sarcastic remarks on political and social topics, and it is unclear how truly serious he is about the idea. The doctor-turned-lawmaker withdrew from the DPP in 2007. He is known for being outspoken about the DPP's policies and has long been considered a "loner" in the party. In response to Shen's remarks, independent Taipei mayoral hopeful Ko Wen-je said "there is nothing I can do. If someone wants to join the race, it is not something we can decide." Taiwan is a diverse and democratic society and the voters are the ones to decide, Ko said. Sean Lien, the son of former Vice President Lien Chan, won the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) primary on Saturday and will represent the party in the Taipei mayoral race in late November. Lien will be seeking to succeed the KMT's Hau Lung-bin, who is approaching the end of his second four-year term and cannot stand for reelection because he is limited by law to two consecutive terms.

The DPP's nomination process, meanwhile, is expected to last until mid-June. Over the past 20 years, Taipei City has elected a KMT mayor in every election except in 1994, when the DPP candidate Chen Shui-bian won in a three-way race. (By Yeh Su-ping and Christie Chen)

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