After Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu was recalled on June 6, the focus has now shifted to who will be appointed as the acting mayor and the by-election. During an interview, Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai said what Kaohsiung residents want is a new mayor immediately. Meanwhile, there are calls within the Kuomintang for the party to nominate former New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu as its candidate for the by-election.
The change in one year is just like a sea wave.
Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai lamented the changes to Kaohsiung that took place over the past year and a half, comparing them to sea waves. Mayor Han Kuo-yu was recalled on June 6, and the focus has now shifted to who will serve as the acting mayor and the by-election. There are reports that the Executive Yuan has a two-phase plan. In an interview, Chen claimed that what Kaohsiung residents want is a new mayor immediately.
The recall ended, and a lawsuit was filed immediately, so there be another long delay. I think, and this is my personal opinion, that residents want a new mayor immediately so that the city can reboot and move forward.
The answer that Chen, who lost the 2018 Kaohsiung City mayoral election to Han, gave may have been a hint that he is one of the candidates the Executive Yuan is considering for acting mayor. He may also be nominated by the Democratic Progressive Party as its candidate in the by-election. Meanwhile, the Kuomintang is still deciding on its candidate. There have been calls for the party to field former New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu. His office said there is no reason not to shoulder this responsibility. Current New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih said Chu is a good choice. However, Chu's current household registration is not in Kaohsiung.
Everyone is willing to work hard for the benefit of Kaohsiung residents, so I think regardless of whether it is Eric Chu or someone else, we should take on this responsibility at this time.
This issue of whether the Kuomintang should cultivate a new generation of young talents in Kaohsiung and give them more opportunities and space to grow has been discussed for a long time. I think this is a direction it can consider.
The KMT also said Han is the one who should make a decision on whether to file a lawsuit to invalidate the recall. The party intends to unify at this current stage and identify local candidates with potential. KMT Cultural and Communications Committee head Wang Yu-min says the focus is not only on winning the by-election, but also on continuing to make progress in Kaohsiung.