Former Taiwan presidential candidates Gou, Lai called upon to form ‘victims alliance’

18-Jul-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Taiwanese opinion poll expert urged former premier William Lai and former Foxconn chair Terry Gou, who have suffered defeats in their respective presidential primaries, to forge an alliance and fight for the rights of “victims of all kinds.”

According to the polling results of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary, Lai lost to incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen by 8.2 percent. In the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) primary, Gou was trounced by Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu by a margin of over 17 points.

As the island waits to see what the next move is for the two prominent figures, the chair of the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation, You Ying-lung, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 16) that the two may as well join hands in establishing a “Foundation for Victims” or “Victims Alliance,” which he believes can become a meaningful “third force” in Taiwan.

You was apparently referring to allegations that the DPP would engage in a campaign to knock out Gou through polling manipulation that favoured Han, who it perceives as a more easily defeated rival, according to a Newtalk report. There have been accusations that Lai was done away with by the ruling party in an unfair primary process, and Gou accused the DPP of planning to use the same tactics against him in the KMT primary, according to Newtalk.

Gou has yet to decide whether he will quit the party to run as an independent candidate in the 2020 presidential election.


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