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Ko wins Taipei mayoral race with 57 percent of vote

2014/11/30 00:09:52

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Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Independent candidate Ko Wen-je won the Taipei mayoral election with 57.16 percent of the votes and carried all 12 administrative districts in the capital city, official figures showed late Saturday.

He beat Sean Lien of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), who won 40.82 percent, according to the Central Election Commission. Voter turnout was 70.46 percent on an unusually warm Saturday for late November.

The final official result showed Ko winning by a margin of more than 244,000 votes (853,983 to 609,932). Ko won more votes than any opposition candidate in Taipei since 1994, when the city held its first direct mayoral election.

None of the five other candidates won more than 1.5 percent of the votes.

In winning the election, Ko will become Taipei's first non-KMT mayor in 16 years. He ran his campaign on promises to "tear down the steep wall" of partisan politics even though his candidacy was endorsed by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

In the city council election, the KMT saw its seat number decline from 31 to 28 while the number of DPP-controlled seats increased from 23 to 27.

Every DPP councilor candidate who ran was elected to the 62-member council, in which no party will have a majority.

(By Huang Yi-han and Jay Chen; click here for a list of results of this year's local elections)