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Foxconn boss to run for Taiwan presidency with blessing of Sea Goddess

AFP  |  Taipei 

The boss of said Wednesday he will be running for of -- after securing the backing of a local Sea Goddess.

Gou, who announced this week he was stepping back from frontline operations at the supplier, said he would seek the nomination of the Beijing-friendly opposition party.

"I am willing to join If I win I will represent the KMT in the 2020 elections," he said at a KMT meeting in

Guo also said he would "fully support" the party's candidate if he failed to secure the nomination.

Earlier Wednesday while visiting a temple of local sea goddess Matsu in city, the 69-year-old said the goddess "told me to step forward ... to help the people."

is expected to face KMT heavyweights including former and former Wang Jin-pyng, who have announced their intentions to run for

Chu lost to incumbent Ing-wen of the Beijing-sceptic in the 2016

Tsai, 62, has said she will seek re-election in the January 11 polls. She faces a challenge from pro-independence former in

The DPP is set to announce its later this month.

Also known by its official name Hon Hai Precision Industry, assembles iPhones as well as parts and accessories for other international brands.

Known for his aggressive dealmaking, has been snapping up investments from to in a bid to diversify from

was born in 1950 in to parents who had fled the Communist victory in China's civil war. He studied shipping management in college while supporting himself with part-time jobs.

He started his business in 1974 making television parts with an investment of Tw$100,000 ($3,250 at current exchange rates) from his mother, and later began producing computer parts -- eventually growing to become the world's biggest

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 14:40 IST