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Taiwan's new 'CEO mayor' plays up economic goals over China ties

Han Kuo-yu of the pro-Beijing Kuomintang stunned the president's party in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung Mayor-elect Han Kuo-yu, who described himself as a "bald guy who sells vegetables" during the campaign, celebrates his victory on Nov. 25.   © Reuters

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Three days after a stunning election win, the mayor-elect of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung made his first public appearance since polling day with an impromptu broadcast on Facebook.

More than 100,000 viewers tuned in at 10 p.m. last Tuesday to watch the 61-year-old Han Kuo-yu, sporting scruffy pajamas, speak on the broadcast hosted by his 23-year-old daughter. The Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) politician said he had been sleeping off a cold and was trying to form a new team for the city government, before making a slew of promises that echoed his slogan of "showing Kaohsiung the money."

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