Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that she would take responsibility if the party’s candidates did badly in next month’s special municipality elections.
“I will take any responsibility that I need to take, but our target is to elect more posts” on Nov. 27, said Tsai, the DPP’s mayoral candidate for Sinbei City, the new name of Taipei County after it is upgraded in December.
Her remarks come one day after DPP Secretary-General Wu Nai-jen (吳乃仁) said that past DPP chairpersons routinely stepped down following election losses.
“This is the DPP tradition,” he said after being questioned about a worst-case scenario.
Currently, the DPP holds two of the five mayoralties up for grabs — the greater Tainan and Kaohsiung areas. It is hoping to make inroads in either Taipei City or Taipei County, where both candidates have a chance of defeating their Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) counterparts, according to some polls.
The DPP’s chief election strategist, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), said in Taichung County yesterday that the DPP would likely win “three-and-a-half seats” if the election were held tomorrow.
Busy shoring up support for DPP mayoral candidate for what will become Greater Taichung, Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) — who until recently was still trailing Tai-chung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) by double digits in the polls — Hsieh explained that the “half a seat” he mentioned referred to Sinbei, where Tsai is facing a tough challenge from KMT candidate Eric Chu (朱立倫).
DPP candidates for Taipei City, Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung were as good as elected, Hsieh said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among