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During his mayoral election campaign, Ko Wen-je made many promises and established various platforms to appeal to the entire nation, a population that is extremely fatigued as a result of the Kuomintang and President Ma Ying-jeou's inability to communicate with grassroots citizens. Ko's promises were a breath of fresh air that seemed to return power to the people.
Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je has seen the biggest dissent from within his camp since his debut in politics with six of his advisers having resigned in protest of the selection of the city's cultural director.
The government has a PR problem. Ever since President Ma Ying-jeou came into office six years ago, upping the media game has been one of the main missions of his Cabinet. Given the unpopularity of the president, the government has yet to crack that nut.
More than 30,000 Taiwanese pigeon breeders race about two million pigeons each year, of which an estimated 1.5 million die, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The American animal rights organization, which launched an investigation into Taiwan's deadly pigeon races earlier this year, has long argued that races often prove fatal for pigeons released hundreds of kilometers offshore and forced to fly home.
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Following the recent election of Taipei Mayor-elect Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) new female head of the Labor Department, and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's firm stance behind a workforce with more women, it would seem that women's rights are being better supported this year in Asia, where gender discrimination has presided over laws and people's beliefs for centuries.
During the last day of the student protesters' occupation of the Legislative Yuan last spring, the protest known as the Sunflower Movement faced its biggest crisis.
The landslide victory of the Democratic Progressive Party in the Nov. 29 nationwide local elections touched off a spate of calls for the compassionate release (保外就醫) of former President Chen Shui-bian, who is serving a 20-year sentence for corruption and graft as well as money laundering. He has been given medical treatment at the Beite prison hospital in Taichung since April 13 last year.
Constitutional reform is an issue that has been moved to the forefront of public debate in the wake of the Kuomintang's (KMT) devastating loss in the 9-in-1 Elections last month.
The chance of Eric Chu running in the 2016 presidential election seems low now that he has reiterated his promise to complete the four-year New Taipei mayoral term he has just been re-elected to. But perhaps he is looking at a different path taking him to the pinnacle of his political career.
Two explosive revelations from a gossip magazine have dominated the news since Wednesday. The half-hour public admission by a famous chef of his “improper interaction” with a female fan inside a motel received a level of national attention that presidents can only dream of.
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