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Foxconn founder Terry Gou eyes running for Taiwan presidency

Terry Gou, billionaire founder of Apple supplier Foxconn, announced his independent candidacy for Taiwan's 2024 presidential elections. Gou, who failed to secure the Kuomintang (KMT) nomination twice, has been holding campaign-like rallies, criticising the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government for leading Taiwan towards war and making domestic policy mistakes. He promised 50 years of peace in the Taiwan Strait and vowed to prevent Taiwan from becoming the next Ukraine. To qualify as an independent candidate, Gou must gather nearly 300,000 voter signatures by November 2. The current favourite to win is DPP candidate and Vice-President William Lai, who leads the polls ahead of former Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je and KMT candidate Hou Yu-ih. Gou's campaign centres on the belief that removing the DPP from office is the only way to avoid war with China.


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