Surprising few, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou formally announced he would run for the leadership of Taiwan's main opposition party, the Kuomintang. Considered a shoo-in to head the party that ruled Taiwan for 45 of the last 50 years, the popular mayor looks likely to replace Lien Chan, who has led the KMT since 2000. Lien, who lost his second bid for the presidency in last year's controversial election, said he would step down at the end of his term in August.
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