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Former legislator Kao Su-po wins KMT primary for Tainan mayor

2018/05/22 15:36:57

Kao Su-po (高思博, center)

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Former Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Kao Su-po (高思博) has won the KMT's primary for the selection of a candidate to run in the Tainan mayoral election later this year, the party said Tuesday.

Kao defeated former president of National University of Tainan Huang Hsiu-shuang (黃秀霜) in the primary, which took the form of a public opinion poll that was conducted Sunday and Monday, the KMT said.

Kao's nomination is expected to be approved at a meeting of the KMT Central Standing Committee on May 23 and he will compete against Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) in the Tainan mayoral election in November.

Speaking after the results of the primary were released, Kao said that he will bring together the opposition factions to end the DPP's long-standing dominance in Tainan.

He said that after more than 20 years of a DPP local government, Tainan has fallen behind all the other municipalities in terms of development.

The DPP owes Tainan residents an explanation of that situation, Kao said.

The KMT said it will continue its efforts to forge an alliance with Chen Tzu-ching (陳子敬), an independent and the former head of the Tainan City Police Department, who had earlier agreed to run on the KMT's ticket.

Tainan City Councilor Hsieh Lung-chieh (謝龍介), who is also convener of KMT's Tainan chapter, said he will meet with Chen later Tuesday to discuss a mechanism for forming an alliance with Kao.

Hsieh said there is also the possibility of conducting a poll for voters to choose between Kao and Chen.

Meanwhile, Huang said she was not surprised that Kao had won the KMT primary and she was looking forward to a fair competition in the Tainan mayoral election.

The KMT hopeful is the son of Kao Yu-jen (高育仁), a former speaker of the defunct Taiwan Provincial Assembly and father-in-law of New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫).

(By Hsieh Chia-chen, Chang Jung-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)