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DPP CEC to endorse Ko Wen-je as consolidated opposition candidate
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-16 04:39 PM
NTUH trauma department head Ko Wen-je and the DPP Central Executive Committee emerged from a coordination meeting Monday to announce that the party would not put forth another candidate in the Taipei mayoral election and would endorse Ko as a consolidated candidate for all opposition parties.

DPP Legislator Kao Chih-peng said the CEC’s decision would be officially announced later this week. He added that if Ko wins the election for mayor the DPP will not ask him to join the party and will not interfere with Ko’s choices in making personnel adjustments in the municipal government.

Ko called on the DPP CEC early Monday to discuss integration and coordination of his campaign with the DPP in order to make best use of available resources. After two hours inside party headquarters Ko and Kao came out together with party spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien and shook hands and posed for photographers.

Kao said the two sides had reached a preliminary agreement that represents a new opportunity for opposition forces in Taiwan by offering a united front against the ruling KMT. Ko noted that he is committed to involving the DPP in the municipal election and plans to continue discussing political views with the party to determine what policies can be incorporated into his strategy if he is elected mayor.

Kao announced that Ko will also take an active role in backing the DPP’s 27 nominees for seats on the Taipei City Council. Ko explained that he agreed to support the 27 nominees on condition that the DPP will not interfere with his involvement in city council races where the party does not have a candidate. He said he had reached an agreement in principle with the party on this and other matters pertaining to the elections, and the two sides will continue to iron out details in the coming weeks.

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