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April 30, 2017

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KMT selects Taichung, Kaohsiung mayoral hopefuls

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As the Taichung and Kaohsiung mayoral elections near, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) and Minister without Portfolio Yang Chiu-siung (楊秋興) from the Kuomintang (KMT) have both expressed their interests to run the elections.

When asked yesterday if he would like to run in the election, incumbent Taichung Mayor Jason Hu said that he would like to contribute to Taichung very much, saying, however, that he is willing to let the position go if there is someone else more capable.

Nevertheless, Hu meant only someone from the KMT party. He stressed that "we can't lose in Taichung," adding that he is willing to exhaust his strength to run for the election for the sake of Taichung's development.

Minister without Portfolio Yang Chiu-siung said he would like to run for mayor of Kaohsiung, however, the KMT will determine when to make the formal announcement about his candidacy.

The KMT has not won a Kaohsiung mayoral election for the past 16 years. Yang met with President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday, who expressed his support for a potential bid for Kaohsiung mayor. Nevertheless, whoever represents the KMT in the election will probably face a hard battle, considering the Democratic Progressive Party's strong base in the city.

Yang was born and raised in Kaohsiung. He said Kaohsiung's development has slowed in recent years, which is painful for him to watch.

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