Mon, Dec 11, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Elections 2006: President favors Kaohsiung as place to buy new house

By Ko Su-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is looking for a house in Kaohsiung in the wake of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) victory in Saturday's mayoral elections, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Chen said before the elections that he was very fond of the city and that he would like to live there if the DPP won the mayoral race.

"The president has made his wishes very clear," said Presidential Office Spokesman David Lee (李南陽). "Everything is being arranged."

Lee, however, refused to comment on whether first lady Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍) would join the president in Kaohsiung.

DPP candidate Chen Chu (陳菊) won Saturday's poll by a margin of just 0.14 percent -- 1,114 votes more than KMT candidate Huang Chun-ying (黃俊英), or 49.41 percent to 49.27 percent.

Given the razor-thin margin, Huang is seeking a recount and has filed a lawsuit to repeal the election.

The president didn't comment on the issue yesterday morning when reporters asked him when he would move to Kaohsiung or whether he was happy with Chen Chu's election.

"The election is over. Let's go back to work, OK?" Chen said.

The president was quizzed as he attended a forum on historical files and finding the truth of history at the Academia Historica.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan

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