Ex-lawmaker drops Taipei mayoral bid
Central News Agency
2014-08-08 02:48 PM
Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Former Legislator Shen Fu-hsiung announced Friday that he was dropping his bid for Taipei mayor, less than two months after announcing his decision to run in the Nov. 29 election. Releasing the news through a mass message on social networking app LINE, Shen, an independent, said he was "terminating my campaign with immediate effect" due to a knee injury and a lack of momentum for his mayoral bid. "I can't make it. Sorry for causing trouble," said Shen, who previously indicated in July that he would withdraw from the race if he could not obtain over 20 percent of public support. Although he is well-liked in some circles as an outspoken and fair-minded politician, opinion polls have consistently showed that Shen, 74, had only 8-15 percent of support, trailing the two main contenders independent Ko Wen-je and the Kuomintang's Sean Lien. According to an aide, Shen suffered a knee injury in April and has not fully recovered. Friday's announcement means that Shen will not register his candidacy as a successor to incumbent Hau Lung-bin, who cannot run for re-election after two four-year terms. (By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)
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