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DPP's Yu to challenge Chu for New Taipei City mayor

TAIPEI--Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) emerged Friday as the opposition candidate for New Taipei mayor in a bid to unseat popular incumbent Eric Liluan Chu (朱立倫) in the November election.

The 66-year-old Yu, a member of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), beat former Legislator Lin Jih-jia of the smaller Taiwan Solidarity Union in three separate opinion polls conducted Thursday, according to Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), head of the DPP's 2014 campaign committee.

The two parties agreed to choose one opposition candidate to challenge Chu of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT).

Su said that 38.7 percent of respondents voiced support for Yu in the opinion polls to Lin's 18.7 percent. But a considerable number of respondents — 42.6 percent — had no preference between the two.

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