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Taipei Mayor Ko vows to listen to voices of the people as supporters dwindle
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) vowed Friday to listen to the voices of the people, a city government spokesman said, after a new opinion poll showed the number of Ko's detractors exceeding his backers for the first time.
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Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je's approval rating has fallen to only 38 percent, while disapproval figures have risen to 42 percent, crossing each other in terms of Ko's dwindling popularity, according to a TVBS poll on Thursday.
The efforts to clean up the oil spill along the New Taipei shoreline caused by a shattered container ship are expected to be completed by May 15, Mayor Eric Chu said Thursday.
The Taipei City government is keeping close tabs on public opinion polls on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and will "humbly review them" after the latest poll showed his approval rating dipping to a new low, a city spokesman said Friday.
Ten members of a gang that was allegedly involved in a series of illicit activities including coercion and violent debt collecting were recently arrested in New Taipei City, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) has announced.
A second Taipei City councilor is being scrutinized this month for over-reporting the number of aides employed to cash in on a government allowance.
The youngest victim in a colored powder blast at a New Taipei water park last summer will be discharged from hospital after nine months of treatment and rehabilitation, the Taipei Veterans General Hospital said Wednesday.
Taipei MRT marks its 20th anniversary
Taipei is marking the 20th anniversary of its MRT system, which is now a major part of the city's transportation network with daily passenger volume of almost 700,000.
By trimming the discount interest rate by 0.125 percentage points on Thursday, the central bank of Taiwan did "just about right" to keep the economy afloat in the midst of a recession, according to the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER, 台經院).
Investigation under way after fire in New Taipei claims six
New Taipei officials said that "human factors" have not been ruled out as the cause of a fire in the northern city early Wednesday morning that claimed six lives, as an investigation into the incident continued.
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