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Taipei mayor Taiwan's most searched politician in 2015: Google

2015/11/27 22:20:11

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) leads in Google's chart of most searched politicians in Taiwan this year, while Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) garners the most online interests among presidential candidates, the search engine said Friday.

Ko, who also grabbed the top spot last year when he won the mayoral race, continues to attract online users' attention, and the controversy surrounding a picture of a Japanese porn star being printed on the city's transportation debit cards -- known as EasyCards -- earlier this year also kept him in the spotlight, Google said.

Developments leading up to the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, scheduled on Jan. 16, have been popular topics among users of Google's search service, the company said.

In terms of online searches, Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), who was briefly the presidential candidate of the ruling Kuomintang, came in second and she is followed by Tsai, who has been frequently searched since the DPP's win in the location elections late last year.

Google also noticed a surge in searches after political parties' recent announcement of their list of legislator-at-large candidates.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) took the fourth place, while his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平) came in seventh. Their Nov. 7 meeting in Singapore, the first between leaders across the Taiwan Strait since 1949, was the most searched political event this year, Google added.

James Soong (宋楚瑜), presidential candidate of the minor opposition People First Party, took the fifth spot, while KMT Chairman and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫), who replaced Hung and became the party's presidential candidate in mid-October, was ranked sixth in the chart.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (賴清德), radio show host and commentator Clara Chou (周玉蔻) and former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰) rounded up the top 10 list this year.

(By Esme Jiang and Kay Liu)