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Opinion

Taiwan mayor recall is a cautionary tale for all politicians

Citizens of Kaohsiung kicked Han Huo-yu out of office for his inattention

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Han Kuo-yu talks to the media in Taipei in December 2019: he was neglectful of the needs of Kaohsiung.   © Reuters

Ketty W. Chen is Director of Research at the Association of Public Issues Studies, Taiwan.

When the citizens of Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung voted overwhelmingly to remove Mayor Han Kuo-yu from office on Saturday, putting an end to the political star's rapid rise, it was not just a defeat for one man -- but a cautionary tale for all politicians.

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