People would be upbeat about Gou-Ko-Wang teamwork: Gou aide

08/04/2019 07:11 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) People would be happy to see Terry Gou (郭台銘), founder of Taiwanese manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., who was beaten in the Kuomintang's (KMT's) presidential primary, working together with two other potential presidential contenders, if this would improve the country, a close aide of Gou said Sunday.

The two others refer to former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).

However, it would be far-fetched to suggest that such cooperation would be linked to the general elections next year, said Amanda Liu (劉宥彤), one of Gou's aides.

Gou returned to Taiwan several days ago after leaving the country in the middle of last month after being defeated by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) in the KMT primary.

Gou reportedly met earlier Sunday with Wang, who pulled out of the KMT's presidential primary in June on the grounds that the party's new primary process would favor some KMT candidates over others but said he would still run for president.

Gou also talked briefly on the telephone to Ko, an independent, the previous evening, Liu said.

Seen as a contender in the 2020 presidential election against President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party and Han, Ko announced Thursday his plan to launch a new political party named the Taiwanese People's Party on Aug. 6, with the aim of winning about 10 seats in the 2020 legislative elections.

Gou's latest move fueled speculation that he is forming an alliance with Ko and Wang.

Liu said that all three have great influence on the nation and that their talks were about ways to enrich the country and bring benefits to the people, and were not necessarily related to the elections. Liu said there are no plans for Gou to meet with Ko.

However, there will be a meeting between Gou and Han, Liu said.

For his part, Han said Sunday that he will do his best to establish contact with Gou and Wang and expressed hope that KMT Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) will organize and unify party members who are likely to leave the party.

At the same time, when asked Sunday whether he will join a Gou-Wang alliance, Ko did not answer directly.

(By Lian Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao)


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