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Independent ex-lawmaker drops Taipei mayoral bid

TAIPEI--Former Legislator Shen Fu-hsiung (沈富雄) announced yesterday that he was dropping his bid for Taipei mayor, less than two months after announcing his decision to run in the Nov. 29 election.

Releasing the news through a mass message on social networking app LINE, Shen, an independent, said he was "terminating my campaign with immediate effect" due to a knee injury and a lack of enthusiasm for his mayoral bid.

"I can't make it. Sorry for causing trouble," said Shen, who previously indicated in July that he would withdraw from the race if he could not obtain over 20 percent of public support.

Although he is well-liked in some circles as an outspoken and fair-minded politician, opinion polls have consistently showed that Shen, 74, had only 8-15 percent of support, trailing the two main contenders independent Ko Wen-je and the Kuomintang's Sean Lien.

According to an aide, Shen suffered a knee injury in April and has not fully recovered.

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