Taipei Mayor says he will run new party 'economically'

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Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who is set to launch a new political party for the 2020 legislative elections and possibly the presidential election, said Sunday that he will run the party in "economical ways."

Ko will formally launch his Taiwanese People's Party (TPP) Aug. 6 to contend the January 2020 legislative elections, he told reporters, even as he himself is viewed by many as a possible presidential contender.

As Terry Gou (郭台銘), founder of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. failed to win the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT's) presidential primary in early July, speculation that Ko might join forces with Gou in the presidential race has been rife.

Gou's office said he will not attend the TPP launch, but will send flowers as a congratulatory gesture.

As to whether Gou will provide financial assistance for the TPP, Ko did not reply directly to the question, saying only that his team has found a way to run election campaigns in an "economical way" and will apply that to the TPP operations.

He did not elaborate.

The Taipei mayor also took a swipe at the KMT and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), claiming that the two major political parties have already spent hundreds of millions on the upcoming election.

"Taiwan cannot improve if a presidential candidate has to spend a hundred million Taiwan dollars on an election," Ko said, adding that he hopes to change the political culture in Taiwan through running an election campaign that does not cost a lot.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Emerson Lim)
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