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Fallen Star of Taiwan’s China-Friendly KMT Faces Historic Recall

  • Kaohsiung residents vote on whether to oust Mayor Han Kuo-yu
  • Han lost to Tsai Ing-wen in January’s presidential election
Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu

Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu

Photographer: Kyle Lam/Bloomberg

Voters in the southern Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung decide whether to remove their mayor from office in a recall vote Saturday that could bring to an end the meteoric political rise and fall of a man dubbed Taiwan’s Donald Trump.

Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu faces a vote Saturday to recall him after 18 months in the position. Civil groups initiated the campaign to oust him after he accepted the opposition Kuomintang’s nomination to run in the presidential election just months after being elected mayor in November 2018, breaking a previous promise he would see out his four-year term.