Sat, Mar 09, 2002 - Page 2 News List

Pressure builds on DPP to run woman for mayor of Taipei

STAFF WRITER

Nearly 60 percent of Taipei citizens wouldn't mind having a female mayor, a recent survey showed.

According to the survey, conducted by the Decision Making Research Center, PFP legislator Lee Ching-an (李慶安), Council for Hakka Affairs Chairwoman Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) and independent legislator Sisy Chen (陳文茜) were the top choices among Taipei citizens to be a woman mayor.

DPP legislator Wang Hsueh-fung (王雪峰) yesterday used the results of the poll to urge her party to nominate Yeh as the party's Taipei mayoral candidate to run against the incumbent, Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), in the election at the end of this year.

As Ma, of the KMT, has already expressed an interest in running for re-election, other parties have been searching for candidates strong enough to take him on.

Wang said she believed Yeh could gain enormous support from Taipei's citizens.

Wang and Lee Wen-ying (李文英), convener of a women's advocacy group, said they would start a petition soon to ask DPP party headquarters to nominate Yeh for the Taipei mayoral race.

Rather than persist in having a male candidate, Wang said, the DPP should take a different perspective and nominate a female candidate for the position.

Meanwhile, DPP legislator Luo Wen-jia (羅文嘉) yesterday said that the party would name its candidate for the mayoral election by June. Luo said the DPP was confident it would field a qualified candidate to run against Ma.

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) already has a candidate in mind, Luo said, but the time has not yet come to make public the candidate's name.

Luo declined to comment on possible DPP candidates. Speculation has centered on Minister of Justice Chen Ding-nan (陳定南) and Yeh, who have both been rated favorably by the public in several polls.

Though he is not expected to run in this year's election, Luo, a close aid of President Chen and a former director of the DPP's Department of Culture and Information, has been tipped by many as a possible DPP Taipei mayoral candidate in the future.

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