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Foxconn ex chairman weighs independent candidacy in Taiwan

FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics, speaks to the media after the company's annual shareholders meeting in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Gou, who is considering a run for the presidency, met with former legislative leader Wang Jin-pyng. Gou has until Tuesday to decide.
FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, the world's largest contract assembler of consumer electronics, speaks to the media after the company's annual shareholders meeting in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Gou, who is considering a run for the presidency, met with former legislative leader Wang Jin-pyng. Gou has until Tuesday to decide. AP Photo

The former chairman of major contract manufacturer Foxconn met with a prominent Taiwanese lawmaker Wednesday as he weighs a possible independent run for president.

Terry Gou, who lost a bid to be the Nationalist Party candidate in July, held talks with Wang Jin-pyng, a Nationalist lawmaker and former longtime leader of the legislature.

"We both share the same idea," Gou said. "For the 23 million people in Taiwan, the interests of the people should be greater than the interests of the party."

Wang said after their meeting that Gou did not say whether he would run, only that he was still considering it.

Gou stepped down as the head of Foxconn, a contract manufacturer of electronics including the iPhone, in June. He lost the Nationalist primary the next month to Han Kuo-yu, the populist mayor of the port city of Kaohsiung.

Evelyn Tsai, an aide to Gou, said earlier this month that he would run as an independent if he enters the race, according to Taiwanese media reports. He has until Tuesday, the deadline to register as a candidate, to decide.

Gou would face Han and incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party in the January election.

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