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New Taipei mayor announces re-election bid

2014/06/24 09:19:21

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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Update:
●June 24: New Taipei mayor pledges to finish second term if re-elected
●June 24: In the end, Chu had little choice but to seek re-election
●June 24: Incumbent New Taipei mayor remains frontrunner in race: poll
●June 24: KMT close to completing municipality nominations