Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), opposition Kuomintang candidate for the 2020 presidential election, criticized an ongoing movement to recall him as mayor Thursday, saying it marks an extremely distorted page in the history of Taiwan’s democracy.
“In a democratic society, the public are entitled to vote or recall a popularly elected political figure, and I fully respect that,” Han told the press after attending a seminar with young entrepreneurs.
“But there has never been a precedent like this in which a mayor is to be recalled after only being in office for two months,” he said.
Certain DPP lawmakers are asking the people of Kaohsiung to apologize because the party was defeated in last year’s mayoral election, and those who submitted the recall petition have the same mind set, Han said, adding “the DPP made a huge mistake if it thought Kaohsiung would always be under its rule.”
Han cited Mikio Numata, a former Japanese envoy to Taiwan, to back up his prediction that the election race is far closer than most people believe.
On Sunday, Numata predicted in Tokyo that the upcoming three-way presidential election will be close, with either President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) or Han winning by a margin of 3-5 percent of the vote, despite the fact that Tsai has a comfortable double digits lead over Han in most polls.
Chen Kuan-jung (陳冠榮), the lead petitioner of the recall, said Thursday that Han should be recalled because he has turned his back on his obligations as Kaohsiung mayor by running for president just months after being elected mayor.
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