Former premier Yu Shyi-kun announces bid for New Taipei mayor
CNATAIPEI--Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) heavyweight who served as premier between 2002 and 2005, announced yesterday that he will enter the race for mayor of New Taipei, the largest municipality in Taiwan in terms of population.
September 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
“If the party supports me, I am willing to fight the battle in its name,” Yu said in an informal meeting with the media in Taipei to spell out his bid.
Asked whether he is too old at the age of 65 to run for the job, the former premier and former DPP chairman said he has climbed 24 mountains around Taiwan over the past five years. “You can see that my physical fitness is good enough,” he said.
Yu also noted that Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) is the same age as he, and that ex-President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was 73 when he ran for the presidency in 1996.
Yu is the second DPP politician, following former DPP Legislator Chuang Suo-hang, to announce a bid for the New Taipei mayor position. The two will likely face more competitors from their own party.
Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政), head of the DPP's New Taipei headquarters, said he has been thinking about whether or not to join the race.
Meanwhile, commenting on Yu's bid, New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said he welcomes distinguished talent who care about New Taipei to run for the mayoralty.
Asked by reporters whether he will seek a second term, Chu did not respond.
There have been media reports saying that Chu, 52, who has served as vice premier, wants to run for the Taipei mayoralty, or more ambitiously, the presidency.
Chu is considered a star of his generation in the Kuomintang, the ruling party.
The mayoral elections are scheduled for December 2014.