Ko ‘of course’ to run for top job, wife says

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‘WHAT ELSE?’
The wife of the mayor of Taipei said she did not understand why the issue caused a stir, as Ko Wen-je had previously said he would run for president.

  • By Lee I-chia / Staff Reporter

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) will “of course proactively prepare” to run for president after stepping down as mayor later this year, his wife, Peggy Chen (陳佩琪) said yesterday. ).

Chen, a pediatrician at the Heping Fuyou branch of Taipei City Hospital, said on Facebook that she had noticed in recent days that news and political debates on television discussed Ko’s willingness to run for office. the presidency in 2024.

“I don’t know why this has sparked heated discussion as my husband has said many times before that he is preparing for it,” she wrote.

Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

“Don’t run into the [presidential] the election would be news, and of course his own political party members will support him, and his wife is no exception,” she wrote.

Ko won the Taipei municipal elections in 2014 and 2018 as an independent and founded the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) in August 2019.

Chen said Ko called her in September 2019 to ask her what she thought of running for president in 2020, adding that he ultimately decided not to because he thought some municipal duties had taken place. eight years to complete.

“After stepping down as mayor at the end of this year, he will of course be proactively preparing to run for president, or what else did you think?” she wrote, adding that standing for election is a right of citizenship and whether an individual would be elected is another matter.

TPP lawmaker Tsai Pi-ru (蔡壁如) has been another strong supporter of Ko’s presidential aspirations.

“I, Tsai Pi-ru, am now 59 years old and I ask nothing for myself. My greatest wish for the rest of my life is to send Ko Wen-je to the presidential office,” she wrote last week in a letter to TPP lawmakers, in which she invited them to a meeting on Friday. to discuss electoral matters.

“This is why we formed the TPP in the first place. This is our original grandest intention, and that goal has never changed,” she wrote.

“To earn [the presidential election] in 2024, [the local election in] 2022 is an important test… It affects President Ko’s journey to become president as well as the future of the TPP in 2024,” said Tsai, who had worked with Ko’s medical team at the National University Hospital of Taiwan when Ko was director of the department. of traumatology.

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