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Taiwanese politician shot in the head at campaign rally

The man, who is the son of a former vice president of the country, is a member of the ruling Nationalist Party, which is taking on the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party in polls on Saturday that could have a significant impact on the government¿s policy of improving relations with China.

TAIPEI // The son of former Taiwanese Vice President Lien Chan was shot in the head and critically wounded while speaking Friday at a campaign rally in suburban Taipei, local media have reported.

Lien Chan and his son are both members of the ruling Nationalist Party, which is taking on the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party in polls Saturday that could have a significant impact on the government's policy of improving relations with China.

San Li TV and other outlets say that Lien Sheng-wen was taken to a Taipei hospital and is in stable condition. Lien Chan said his son was being treated in hospital without elaborating.

San Li said the police have a suspect in custody. The station said he had the nickname "horse face" - a sobriquet that would likely indicate his membership in one of Taiwan's criminal gangs.

In Saturday's election, Taiwanese will elect mayors and local officials in five large cities around the island. Lien Sheng-wen was speaking on behalf of a candidate for city councilor in Xinbei, a ring of suburbs around the capital.