After losing the presidential election to Tsai Ing-wen in January, Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) is now forced to step down as the Mayor of Kaohsiung on Jun 6. His close tie with the Chinese Communist Party backfires as many people in Taiwan are fed up with the CCP’s global hegemony.
Under Taiwanese law, the recall of a municipality leader requires a turnout of at least 25 percent of eligible voters — 574,996 in Kaohsiung’s case – and a majority vote in favor of the recall.
Mr. Han became the first municipality leader in Taiwan’s history to be recalled. A recall committee was established three months after he became the mayor in a surprise win at the end of 2018, an outcome many believed to be meddled by the CCP.
Mr. Han announced his presidential bid after Mr. Miles Guo, a Chinese dissident, exposed that both Han Kuo-yu and Taiwanese businessman Terry Guo were hand-picked by Beijing to run against President Tsai in the 2020 election.
Even though Mr. Han is not quite forthcoming about his postgraduate education in mainland China, netizens found his name among the Ph.D. degree recipients in Beijing University’s graduate class of 2009. Mr. Miles Guo said that Han was groomed to be a proxy for the Chinese Communist Party.
Kaohsiung council speaker Hsu Kun-yuan, one of Mr. Han’s strong supporters, committed suicide by jumping from a building one hour after responding to Han’s acceptance of the recall on Facebook.
Before the Taiwan presidential election, Miles Guo warned on January 10 that Han’s election would bring CCP’s attack on Taiwan because Mr. Han serves as a “Trojan Horse” for the CCP.