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DPP to decide on Taipei mayor candidate by May

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) confirmed yesterday that the party would have its final candidate for Taipei mayor by May.

Potential DPP candidates for mayor are still campaigning for the party nomination, and the issue of whether National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) will run for mayor as a DPP candidate or as an independent remains unresolved.

Ko, a well-known pan-green supporter but not an official party member, has topped recent favorability polls. However, DPP regulations require a person to have been a member of the party for at least two years before they can be nominated to represent the party in an election.

The DPP has hinted that it would be willing to waive this requirement for Ko if he wished to be a DPP candidate. However, local media have reported rumors that Ko will announce on March 12 that he will run as an independent.

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