Ko Wen-je

  • 15 June, 2018
  • Paula Chao

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, an independent who is seeking a second term, has been in the spotlight over the past few weeks. When Ko was first elected in December 2014, the former surgeon that some called an odd-ball had no experience in politics whatsoever.

But thanks to public disdain for his Kuomintang (KMT) rival, support from young people and swing voters, and the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) backing, Ko managed to garner 57% of the vote, making him the first independent to take the reins of the capital city in 60 years. Analysts said Ko’s campaign on a platform of citizen power also played a crucial role as he promised to run the city in a way that transcended the two major political parties.