Wu’erkaixi, a student leader who fled China after the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, announced Monday he will run in the legislative by-election in Taichung, Taiwan.
Lin Chia-lung of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected mayor of the central west coast city Saturday. He quit as a legislator several days before the election and beat the incumbent mayor, Jason Hu of the establishment Kuomintang (KMT).
In a statement on his Facebook account, Wu’erkaixi, who has lived in Taiwan for 18 years and received his citizenship in 1997, said he is confident he will win.
Meanwhile, Taiwanese Minister of Culture Lung Ying-tai said she has submitted her resignation and will not return to her post as minister, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.
She made the announcement Monday after the cabinet resigned en masse the same day. The ruling KMT was routed in Saturday’s local elections.
Lung, 62, the island’s first culture minister, said at a news conference that she was leaving with gratitude and thanked her co-workers and people from the cultural and business sectors for their hard work and support over the past three years.
She said the ministry has accomplished its “first mile” of work and she is confident a solid foundation has been laid for the future development of the country’s culture and arts.
Lung said the most important thing for her do next is spend more time with her 90-year-old mother, so that she can walk her through the “last mile” of life.
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