Central bank chief denies presidential bid rumors
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.