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Ko wins pan-green mayoral primaries

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Pan-green Taipei mayoral hopeful Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday came out first in the pan-green camps' second stage primaries, which were conducted in public surveys.

The surveys covered the public ratings of Ko, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Yao Wen-chih (姚文智), Kuomintang candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) and independent aspirant Neil Peng (馮光遠), who later announced that he would be running for Taipei mayor as an independent.

After the survey results were released, the pan-green camps will be making a decision next Wednesday, and Ko will be running as a representative for the pan-green side instead of any specific party.

Both Ko and Yao attended the press conference in which DPP lawmaker Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) announced the results. All three refused to reveal the actual ratings each candidate scored. However, Gao pointed out that both pan-green candidates received more votes than Lien did, and that the DPP has expressed its respect for both as well.

The results will be discussed at the party's Central Executive Committee meeting on June 18, and they will hopefully reach a consensus about the ultimate candidate, said Gao.

Yao Asks for Second Chance

After the results were released, Yao stated that he has surpassed Lien in the surveys and still hopes that the DPP will nominate him to run for Taipei Mayor.

"If Ko and I have scored higher than Lien, I think the Central Executive Committee should take this into consideration too and nominate me for the position," said Yao, whose words lead many to wonder whether Ko will be pitted against Yao in the end.

However, DPP members including Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) and Central Executive Committee member Kao Chia-yu have stated that the chances for another pan-green candidate to run against Ko are slim.

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