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3rd candidate to join Taiwan's presidential election.

TAIPEI, Nov. 15 Kyodo

The leader of Taiwan's opposition People First Party will register as a third candidate for the January presidential election next week, party officials said Tuesday.

The move by PFP Chairman James Soong came after the Central Election Commission confirmed that the PFP has gathered enough signatures to file for presidential candidacy.

Soong and running mate Lin Ruey-shiung are required by the electoral code to gather at least 257,000 signatures -- 1.5 percent of voters in the most recent legislative elections -- to demonstrate they have popular support.

The pair had delivered more than 463,000 signatures to the commission.

PFP spokesperson Vivian Huang said the party will also unveil the final list of party candidates for the legislative elections to take place in tandem with the presidential poll on the same day Soong and Lin officially join the presidential race.

The likelihood that Soong would win in the Jan. 14 election has been hovering around 10 percent since he announced his intention to run in July, while President Ma Ying-jeou and Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen have been running a neck-and-neck race.
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Date:Nov 21, 2011
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