Taipei mayor says he will seek re-election

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has indicated for the first time that he intends to seek re-election in 2018.

In an interview with online news media newtalk.tw, which was published on Friday, Ko said his number one objective as Taipei mayor is to change the city government’s corporate culture.

Ko said he will work hard to get re-elected and that he has no interest in running for president because four years as mayor are not enough to realize all his goals for Taipei.

Asked if he was confident about winning a second term, Ko said he would do his best and leave the rest to heaven.

The former surgeon described his entry into politics as “an accident,” saying his direct approach is based on his dislike of lying.

Ko said he will not sacrifice long-term benefits for the sake of short-term gains nor put personal interests before the public interest.

He also criticized modern day politicians as being so “overly packaged” they are scared to express an opinion for fear of insulting someone.

Meanwhile, Ko told reporters on Friday that doing his job to the best of his ability every day is the best possible preparation for re-election.

Asked to comment on a recent survey commissioned by the Kuomintang caucus in Taipei City Council that shows 50 percent of Taipei residents oppose his bid for a second term, Ko said that means 50 percent support him and promised to work hard to repay that faith.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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