Taipei Times: Terry Gou to start platform for youth

Gou on Sunday sent two handwritten letters to the fan group and other groups to thank them for their support, she said, adding that his office would hold a meeting with fans later this month once details are decided.

In its announcement, the fan club said that it had met its first-phase goal of collecting more than 50,000 signatures for the petition, launched last month.

The election laws say that a prospective candidate intending to run as an independent must collect signatures from 1.5 percent of the electorate from the previous legislative election, which means that 274,576 signatures are needed to put Gou on the Jan. 11 ballot.

“The stop is temporary, not the end, as we look forward to the beginning of the next phase,” the group said, adding that it would continue as soon as Gou makes “a final decision.”

Separately, KMT Legislator Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) yesterday said he and Gou share the same goal of building a better future for Taiwan.

In early June, Wang, who served as legislative speaker for nearly 17 years, said he would not to participate in the KMT’s primary after questioning whether the party could hold a fair race.

Asked if he would run as Gou’s vice president, Wang said that he would not rule it out.

“So far, that [being Gou’s running mate] has not been planned,” Wang said, adding that he and Gou had yet to discuss joining forces for the elections.

Asked if the two of them and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) could form an electoral alliance strong enough to beat KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), Wang said: “This is a hypothetical question, as no such alliance has been formed.”

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