We have some major political announcement which is definitely going to affect the politics of Taiwan. This is because Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has announced that he will be forming a new political party. Ko says that his party will offer an alternative to the current two-party system available in Taiwan.
Taipei Mayor also announced that his new political party will be called the “Taiwanese People’s Party,” which is also a tribute to the pro-democracy activist Chiang Wei-shui. It should be noted that Chiang also formed a party with the same name back in Japanese colonial period which was the first political party of Taiwan.
Now, we know that Taipei Mayor has maintained from the last five years that he is not associated with any party. Therefore, the decision from Ko to form a new political party and lead it makes sense. Also, there was an urge from Taipei Mayor’s followers to contest next year’s Taiwan Presidential elections and give an option for people who are still undecided.
Ko says that this decision has been taken in the interest of people of Taiwan to “become an alternative”. However, Ko has still not made an announcement if he will contest the Taiwan Presidential Elections in early 2020 or not. Taipei Mayor says that the decision regarding that will be taken in early September.
Now that Ko Wen-je has formed a new political party, it is quite likely that he will also be contesting the Taiwan Presidential Elections to be held next year as well. Also, the rules say that if a political party has not obtained 5% of votes in the previous election then they are required to register with the Central Election Commission by September 17.
Since Ko’s party is a new one, they have not received 5% of votes as they did not contest the previous election and they will have to register with the Central Election Commission if they decide to contest the elections.