We have the Taiwanese presidential elections coming up early next year which would take place in the month of January 2020. Next month, we will see millions of Taiwanese voters elect their next president and we have candidates from DPP, KMT and PFP contesting in next year’s elections. Now, we are not trying to guess or influence the results but it looks like Taiwan President Tsai might get re-elected as she currently leads over her opponents in poll results. Talking about the race of Presidential candidates, we were reporting that Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je was also interested in running next year.
However, he made a last moment decision to back out of next year’s elections but he has also revealed that he will definitely run in 2024. Therefore, he is already making some announcements regarding what he will do if elected as president in 2024. As per Ko, he is not impressed with the current facility of the President office because of whom it was constructed by. Ko says that he is not the opinion of any Taiwan president sitting in an office which was the Japanese governor’s palace.
Now, there are two reasons why Ko is not contesting next year’s elections and one of them is to complete his second and final term as Taipei’s mayor as well as the fact that even if Tsai gets re-elected, she will have her second and final term and can’t contest elections in 2024. Regarding the presidential office, Ko says that “Taiwanese have a confused sense of history, with the palace of the Japanese governors of the pre-1945 colonial period now serving as the office of the president”. He also added that “South Korea would never use a former Japanese governor’s office as its presidential office”. As for future plans, Ko said that he will turn the current office “into a luxury hotel or museum and move the office north across the Keelung River to the Dazhi area”.