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New Taipei mayor announces re-election bid
Central News Agency
2014-06-24 09:19 AM
Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Eric Liluan Chu, mayor of New Taipei who is widely seen as a presidential hopeful, announced Tuesday that he will seek a second term in the November election. "Yes, I will seek re-election as mayor of New Taipei," Chu said on his Facebook page. Chu, 53, did not mention the presidential election in 2016, saying only that "building a city is no less difficult than running a country, especially a city like New Taipei, where a big urban-rural gap exists." "I really like what I'm doing now. It keeps me busy but feeling fulfilled," he said. A former vice premier and two-term magistrate of Taoyuan County, the popular politician was named earlier this year as vice chairman of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT). He became the mayor of Taiwan's most populous city -- home of nearly 4 million people -- in 2010. Until now, there was much speculation about his plans over the next two years. He is expected to win the KMT's nomination in New Taipei and run against a challenger to be chosen by the opposition led by the Democratic Progressive Party. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Jay Chen)
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