Cen­tral bank chief de­nies pres­i­den­tial bid ru­mors

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan cen­tral bank Gov. Perng Fai-nan ( ) yes­ter­day refuted spec­u­la­tion that he would run for pres­i­dent in 2016 af­ter it was sug­gested that Kuom­intang (KMT) Chair­man Eric Chu ( ) at­tempted to en­cour­age the el­der politi­cian to seek the party’s nom­i­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing the United Evening News, Perng was ap­proached sev­eral times by Chu in an ex­change of views on the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. That re­port claims that Chu asked Perng this week to con­sider run­ning for pres­i­dent. Chu flatly de­nied the re­port.

Chu de­scribed Perng as his men­tor and a good friend that he deeply re­spects. The KMT chair­man has re­cently re­it­er­ated that he would serve out his term as New Taipei’s mayor, which would pre­clude in­ten­tions to serve as pres­i­dent.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the KMT’s pres­i­den­tial pri­mary is open un­til May 16. Deputy Leg­isla­tive Speaker Hung Hsiu- chu (

) and for­mer Health Min­is­ter Yaung Chih- liang ( ) are so far the only ma­jor can­di­dates who have in­di­cated their in­ten­tion to run.

The Cen­tral Bank of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) re­leased a state­ment yes­ter­day that re­it­er­ated re­marks Perng made to the Leg­isla­tive Yuan in March 2011 in which he said that “the cen­tral bank gover­nor will be my last public of­fice.” Perng added that he should not get in­volved with mat­ters he does not un­der­stand, such as pol­i­tics.

Perng, 76, has served as the cen­tral bank’s gover­nor for since 1998 un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Lee Teng- hui. Global Fi­nance mag­a­zine has listed him as one of the “world’s top bankers” for eight straight years, with fi­nan­cial ex­perts widely cred­it­ing him for sav­ing Tai­wan from a se­ries of fi­nan­cial crises.

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