Taipei’s independent mayor, Ko Wen-je (centre), is considered a wild card in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election. Photo: AFP

Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je stokes speculation of Taiwan presidential run with plan to launch new party

  • Ko’s aides say the mayor’s political consultant submitted a notice to the Ministry of the Interior to establish the ‘Taiwanese People’s Party’
  • Mayor sidesteps questions when asked if he planned to enter the presidential race
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Taipei’s independent mayor, Ko Wen-je (centre), is considered a wild card in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election. Photo: AFP
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Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng joined the Post as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in international relations and film and media studies. She reports on China's foreign policy.

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.