Taipei-An aide to tycoon Terry Gou (???) confirmed Friday that if Gou decides to run in the 2020 presidential election he will do so as an independent.
Gou, the founder and former chairman of iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, has been mulling an independent run for president since losing the Kuomintang (KMT) presidential primary in mid-July to Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (???).
Gou aide Tsai Chin-yu (???) said Friday Gou would run as an independent should he decide to run, adding that the tycoon needs time to make a decision as he has just returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia.
The deadline for registration as a presidential candidate is Sept. 17.
When asked about the possibility of an alliance with other political parties, Tsai said Gou currently has no such plans.
In a related development, independent Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) said that he does not rule out the possibility of cooperating with People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (???) in the 2020 elections.
In an interview with CommonWealth Magazine, which was published Friday, Ko said that if Gou chooses not to run he will hold talks with Soong to see if the chairman will support him as a presidential candidate.
Chang Shuo-wen (???), head of the PFP organization department, told CNA that while Soong is willing to work for the creation of a broad-based third political force in Taiwan, the aim of such a move would be to serve the interest of the Taiwanese people.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel