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Chu Candidacy Threatening Tsai Landslide Shoo-In

Newspaper article China Post

Chu Candidacy Threatening Tsai Landslide Shoo-In

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There is no denying that the presidential candidacy of New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu, who doubles as chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), is threatening an expected landslide shoo-in on Jan. 16 of Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). She was defeated by Chu in the mayoral election of New Taipei in 2010. It is highly likely that she will lose Taiwan's most populous election district in the upcoming presidential election. She may also lose the special municipality of Taoyuan, where Chu once governed as magistrate of Taoyuan County. Taoyuan was made one of Taiwan's six special municipalities after the nine-in-one nationwide local elections the KMT disastrously lost last Nov. 29.

The threat prompted the DPP, along with its ally the Taiwan Solidarity Union, to file complaints with the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office against Chu's horse trading with Hung Hsiu-chu, vice president of the Legislative Yuan and former standard bearer of the KMT, in the swap of horses in midstream in the 2016 presidential campaign. Prosecutors called him up twice last Thursday for questioning over violation of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Law. Incidentally, the media in Taipei call horse trading "sou yian" ([...]) in Hoklo meaning "to round the dumplings," a mistranslation of "dangoh" ([...]) in Japanese, which means consultation, into "dango" ([...]) which is "dumplings." It's a double mistake, the former's "goh" being pronounced with a long "o" like in the word "go."

Another action the opposition party took was to push to recall Chu as mayor of New Taipei. DPP councilors also tried last Thursday to deliberate their proposal to recall Chu at a city council meeting. They wanted to recall him for refusing to resign to run for president, breaking his campaign promise to serve his second and last term as mayor. KMT councilors refused to sign up to make a quorum for opening the meeting, though. The DPP has promised to try again.

Chu has gotten into this snag in his presidential bid not to get elected but to prevent his party from losing big in the Legislative Yuan in the legislative elections to be held alongside the presidential race. …

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