Battleground Kaohsiung

Come Saturday, Taiwan will hold municipal elections in the first major test for President Tsai Ing-wen. The outcome of the polls, held every four years, will have repercussions on the island's presidential race in 2020. The Sunday Times Assistant Foreign Editor Lee Seok Hwai reports from the front lines of Taipei and Kaohsiung.

KAOHSIUNG • For several hours yesterday, a grassy patch of land in southern Taiwan was turned into a sea of blue and red by tens of thousands of supporters of the island's latest political star, Mr Han Kuo-yu.

Waving Taiwan's flag, the crowd blew horns and shouted "dong suan! dong suan! (elected, elected!)" as Mr Han, a 61-year-old former agriculture official from Taipei, urged them to vote him into Kaohsiung city hall on Saturday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 18, 2018, with the headline 'Battleground Kaohsiung'. Print Edition | Subscribe