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Taiwan elections

Foxconn's Terry Gou announces bid for Taiwan's presidency

Tech titan says he will keep peace, give island highest GDP per capita in Asia

Terry Gou, founder of iPhone assembler Foxconn, announces his candidacy for Taiwan's presidential election in Taipei on Aug. 28.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Terry Gou, founder of iPhone assembler Foxconn, said on Monday he would make an independent bid for Taiwan's presidency, adding to an increasingly crowded field for the January 2024 ballot.

The 72-year-old tech billionaire's announcement makes him the fourth candidate for the position, pitted against Vice President Lai Ching-te of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je and New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih of the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT).

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