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Han announces former premier Chang as running mate

2019/11/11 11:04

KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (left) and his running mate former Premier Chang San-cheng

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), Kaohsiung mayor and presidential candidate of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), announced former Premier Chang San-cheng (張善政) Monday as his running mate for the 2020 presidential election in which he faces incumbent Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Chang, a blue-leaning independent, who is widely considered a non-traditional politician with much experience running businesses in the private sector, served as premier from February to May 2016 during the Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) administration.

He worked at search engine Google Inc. as head of tech for the firm's hardware operations in Asia from 2010 to 2012, directly reporting to the U.S. tech giant's headquarters.

Chang had the highest approval rating of any premier, during Ma's presidency from 2008-2016.

Chang, born in 1954, obtained his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University 1977, and received a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University in 1981.

In July, Chang, who had announced a presidential bid in February, accepted an invitation to head Han's team of national policy advisers.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Frances Huang)Enditem/AW