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Taiwan's bickering parties have a restless population on their hands

Ko Wen-je, center, is running in the Taipei mayoral election, which takes place at the end of November. He has gained popularity among Taiwan's increasingly independent voters by criticizing the mainstream parties. (Courtesy of Ko's office)

TAIPEI -- The ranks of independent voters are growing in Taiwan amid deepening disillusionment with the two major parties.

     In a nod to this disenchantment, the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party last month decided to support an independent candidate in Taipei's mayoral election, to be held at the end of November.

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