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Former Taiwan vice-president's son secures nomination to run for Taipei mayor

Published on Apr 20, 2014 12:40 AM
Mr Sean Lien, son of former Taiwan vice-president Lien Chan, waving to the crowd as he visits the Chin-Nan Temple in Taipei on Feburary 2, 2014. Mr Lien, of the runing Kuomintang (KMT), is expected to run for the Taipei mayor elections at the end of 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Mr Sean Lien, the son of Taiwan's former vice-president Lien Chan, on Saturday won the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party's nomination to run for mayor of Taipei.

The 44-year-old, who was born into one of the island's richest political families, has promised to donate his mayoral salary to charity if elected in November - following a precedent set by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I want to thank everybody for giving me this opportunity to represent the KMT in the year-end mayoral election," Mr Sean Lien said after winning the primary earlier on Saturday to secure his nomination. "If I win and become mayor, I will not disappoint Taipei residents and party members who support me. I will remember that my intention to enter politics is to serve all Taipei residents," he said.

The KMT said in a statement that it will support Mr Lien's campaign and called for unity to win the upcoming election.

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