Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taichung mayoral candidate Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) yesterday said that Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), who is seeking re-election, is planning to run for president, taking a page from former Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).
Tsai said if Lu wins the mayoral election on Saturday, she is planning a “Han Kuo-yu gambit,” by using the momentum to try to obtain the KMT’s nomination to run in the 2024 presidential election.
Han won the 2018 Kaohsiung mayoral election, but in June 2019 announced that he would enter the KMT’s presidential primary, and the following month won the party’s nomination for the January 2020 presidential election. He lost by a large margin to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
Photo courtesy of Lu Shiow-yen’s campaign office
In June 2020, Kaohsiung residents voted to remove him as mayor.
Lu on Sunday attended a banquet in Taichung, held by alumni of the Republic of China Military Academy.
“I will come back and meet you all again after my election victory... The KMT will win the 2022 elections, then we will win in 2024,” she said at the event.
Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times
“Lu is dreaming of a presidential run ... but Taichung residents will not accept it, as she will abandon the city soon after winning the mayoral race. It is what Han did in Kaohsiung,” Tsai Chi-chang said.
He urged Taichung residents to think clearly, and not vote for Lu, saying she aims to abandon the city.
“People can vote for me — someone who is committed to building up this city,” Tsai Chi-chang said.
Lu later said she meant that “people must choose the right candidates, and the correct path [in 2022], so that we can have the opportunity for change in 2024.”
VOTERS’ CHOICE: The DPP’s Chen and independent candidate Huang conceded defeat before 7:20pm, with Chiang pledging to remain humble and do his best Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) yesterday won the Taipei mayoral election, with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate defeating the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) pick, former minister of health and welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), and former Taipei deputy mayor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊), an independent. After polling stations closed at 4pm, the Taipei Election Commission issued a preliminary estimate that voter turnout in the city was about 64 percent, slightly lower than in 2018. Chiang, 43, is to be the youngest Taipei mayor ever, with the KMT regaining the capital after eight years. Chen had an exceptionally high national approval rating when he was head
UNCREWED CRAFT: A lack of domestic components and engine outsourcing show the need for Taiwan to develop a local drone supply chain, an analyst said The development of a fully domestic drone manufacturing supply chain is crucial to Taiwan’s ability to use the uncrewed aircraft effectively during wartime, a recent report from the Institute for National Defense and Security Research said. Ukraine’s experience in resisting Russia’s invasion demonstrated that civilian drones can provide valuable intelligence during wartime, but they must be manufactured domestically to ensure that foreign component makers cannot take control of the devices, the report said. In the report, institute researcher Chen Po-hung (陳柏宏) analyzed the security of Taiwan’s drone supply chain. Ukrainians have used civilian drones to locate Russian convoys and other targets, he said,
In the last few days before the local elections on Saturday, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said it is focusing on 10 regions it considers highly contested areas, while the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) said it is stepping up campaigns across the nation. The DPP considers Keelung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu City, and Maoli, Yilan, Nantou, Penghu, Changhua and Yunlin counties as areas where its candidates are facing fierce competition, a party source said. President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Vice President William Lai (賴清德) and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) plan to visit those areas again this week, the source said. The night before the elections,
A naval landing craft on Thursday sank near Kinmen County after wet weather and rough seas flooded its cabin, the Naval Fleet Command said. The vessel, called Landing Craft Mechanized 1326, had completed transport and replenishment missions in the county and was returning to Taiwan proper when surging waves flooded the cabin, the navy said in a statement. The craft’s five crew members tried to bail out the water to no avail, the Navy said. The landing craft eventually sank off Kinmen’s Liaoluo Bay (料羅灣) at 5:18pm, although all crew members rescued, it said, adding that the precise cause of the sinking