Lien wins primary for Taipei mayor


The China Post news staff

Sean Lien won a Kuomintang (KMT) primary yesterday after the final round of internal voting to become the ruling party’s candidate for the year-end Taipei mayoral election. Lien defeated his major rival, Ting Shou-chung, in what was described as the fiercest primary the KMT has ever seen — a race that had been marred by an ugly fall-out between the two camps.

“I’ll be even more humble in the face of the coming election,” Lien said. “The most important thing is the party stays united. “If I’m elected mayor, I won’t disappoint the people who support me,” he said, after the party announced the overall results for the two-stage primary. He said he had already talked to Ting over the phone and received his support for the mayoral campaign. He said Ting also gave him suggestions on making a blueprint for running Taipei.

Lien noted that the roughly 40-percent voter turnout in the internal voting session was a warning that the party must be united. “If we split, we’d all be crushed,” he said. Ting openly pledged full support for Lien as he addressed his supporters at his voter services office. Lien beat Ting in the final round of voting by a wide margin, garnering 10,647 votes against the rival’s 4,765.