Terry Gou, the retired founder of major Apple supplier Foxconn, has announced his candidacy as an independent candidate for Taiwan’s next presidential election in 2024. Gou previously made a presidential bid in 2019 but dropped out after failing to secure the nomination from the Kuomintang KMT party. He also attempted to become the KMT’s candidate for the most recent presidential election but was not chosen. Gou has been holding campaign-like rallies and touring Taiwan in recent weeks, leading to speculation about his intentions. He aims to bring peace to the Taiwan Strait and prevent Taiwan from becoming like Ukraine. Gou must gather 300,000 voter signatures by November 2 to qualify as an independent candidate. The current favorite to win the election is Taiwan Vice President William Lai of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Gou’s main message is that removing the DPP from office is the only way to avoid war with China. The election is taking place amid heightened tensions between Taiwan and China, with China conducting military exercises near the island.
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