Ex-DPP chief not interested in Taipei, New Taipei candidacy

By John Liu ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that she does not intend to run for mayor of Taipei City or New Taipei City. Tsai made the comment while attending the “Fall Picnic with Tsai” event at Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City yesterday.

In response to press inquiries, Tsai said that she is not prepared to run for an election even if the DPP intends to nominate her which, she added, is very unlikely. The party will soon announce its candidates, Tsai said. Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), who is interested in running for Taipei City mayor, pointed out yesterday that “age” does matter. Lu made the comment while attending an international human right round-table symposium yesterday. She compared former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) and current president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), and hinted that Lee is more experienced. Tsai holds a different perspective, however. Age is not the issue, as long as the person who holds the office plays his or her role well and fulfills his or her responsibilities, Tsai said. On the ruling Kuomintang (KMT)’s side, spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) said yesterday that the party would try its best to make compromises among different groups during the nominating process. The KMT recently started its candidate nomination process for the nation-wide elections, which include elections for special municipality chiefs, special municipality representatives, county chiefs, county representatives and elections for village and town chiefs. In response to KMT internal grass-root members’ criticism that higher-level party members were “looking into the mirror for candidates,” Yang said that given the nomination process’s politically sensitive nature, the party will do its best to establish a consensus among different interest groups. Yang said that the KMT respect everyone’s viewpoints and will try to produce the most suitable candidates.