Thursday, July 5, 2012

Early speculations on the 2014 Taipei mayoral race

l  Though it’s still two years away, the 2014 Taipei mayoral race has already become a hot issue for both ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

l  For the ruling party, early speculations are primarily focused on the current Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah and Sean Lien Sheng-wen, son of former Vice President Lien Chan.

l  The younger Lien is apparently more popular with the grassroots, but he needs to persuade his family first. Jiang, on the other hand, has advanced rapidly since joining the Ma administration in May 2008, and the primary support for his candidacy apparently comes from Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

l  As for the DPP is apparently debating over possibly initiating a “generational change” and nominate promising newcomers in key races of the 2014 campaign. At the moment, there is no intraparty consensus on whether the DPP should attempt to nominate more “fresh faces” or one of the “old guards.”

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