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Mayor beats Foxconn billionaire in Taiwan presidential primary

Terry Gou silent on whether to run as independent to challenge incumbent Tsai

Han Kuo-yu's previous pledge for closer economic ties with China helped him win in Kaohsiung, but this now makes him more vulnerable.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Han Kuo-yu, the Beijing-friendly mayor of Kaohsiung, has won the nomination of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang to challenge incumbent Tsai Ing-wen in January's presidential election.

The KMT said on Monday that Han's approval rating was 44.8%, higher than that of rival Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of Foxconn. Gou obtained a 27.7% rating, ahead of former New Taipei mayor Eric Chu. The weeklong nationwide telephone poll included both KMT members and nonmembers.

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