Lin Yang-kang

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Lin Yang-kang
President of the Judicial Yuan
In office
April 1987 – September 1994
Preceded by Huang Shao-ku
Succeeded by Shih Chi-yang
Vice Premier of the Republic of China
In office
1 June 1984 – 1 May 1987
Premier Yu Kuo-hwa
Preceded by Chiu Chuang-huan
Succeeded by Lien Chan
Minister of the Interior of the Republic of China
In office
25 November 1981 – 1 June 1984
Preceded by Chiu Chuang-huan
Succeeded by Wu Po-hsiung
Chairman of Taiwan Province
In office
12 June 1978 – 5 December 1981
Preceded by Shien Tung-min
Succeeded by Lee Teng-hui
Mayor of Taipei City
In office
Preceded by Chang Feng-hsu
Succeeded by Lee Teng-hui
Magistrate of Nantou County
In office
1 February 1967 – 16 June 1972
Preceded by Yang Chao-pi
Succeeded by Ou Shu-wen
Personal details
Born (1927-06-10)10 June 1927
Nantou County, Taiwan, Empire of Japan
Died 13 April 2013(2013-04-13) (aged 85)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality  Taiwan
Political party Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg Kuomintang
Alma mater National Taiwan University
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lin.

Lin Yang-kang (Chinese: 林洋港; pinyin: Lín Yánggǎng; June 10, 1927 – April 13, 2013) was a politician of the Republic of China (Taiwan). He was born at Sun Moon Lake during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. Some thought he might be Chiang Ching-kuo's successor as head of the Kuomintang (KMT), but after failing to win the KMT's nomination for president in 1996, he became an independent.

On April 13, 2013, Lin died at home, of intestinal obstruction and organ failure, at the age of 87.[1]


Lin was born in Nantou County, Taiwan, and graduated from National Taiwan University with a bachelor of science degree.

Lin was married to Chen Ho (陳閤) and had one son and three daughters.

Political career[edit]

He had been service in politics since the 1970s. He was a vice-chairman of the Kuomintang in 1990. In 1990, Lin was in the "non-mainstream faction" that aimed to be less confrontational with the People's Republic of China than Lee Teng-hui. He tried to replace Lee in the 1990 presidential election, with Chiang Wei-kuo as his running mate.[2]

He resigned his position as the head of the Judicial Yuan to become a presidential candidate in the 1996 elections. Since the Kuomintang did not nominate him, Lin ran as an independent. Though he originally considered Chen Li-an as his vice presidential running mate, finally he still picked former Premier Hau Pei-tsun, considering Hau's background might attract more mainlanders' votes for him. Chen was also run as an independent and both of them later expelled from KMT. However, because of his pro-China and pro-reunification standpoints during the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis, they only finished third with 14.9% of the vote. He retired from political affairs and secluded himself in Taichung after this defeat. Lin resumed membership in the KMT in 2005.

1996 Republic of China Presidential Election Result
President Candidate Vice President Candidate Party Votes  %
Lee Teng-hui Lien Chan Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 5,813,699 54.0
Peng Ming-min Frank Hsieh Green Taiwan in White Cross.svg Democratic Progressive Party 2,274,586 21.1
Lin Yang-kang Hau Pei-tsun Independent candidate icon (TW).svg Independent 1,603,790 14.9
Chen Li-an Wang Ching-feng Independent candidate icon (TW).svg Independent 1,074,044 9.9
Invalid/blank votes 117,160
Total 10,883,279 100


  1. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (April 15, 2013). "Former presidential adviser Lin Yang-kang dies at 87". Taipei Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ Eliason, Marcus (March 19, 1996). "Taiwanese ponder biggest every political choice". The Daily Gazette. Associated Press. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Chang Feng-shu
Mayor of Taipei
Succeeded by
Lee Teng-hui
Preceded by
Shien Tung-min
Governor of Taiwan Province
Legal offices
Preceded by
Huang Shao-ku
President of Judicial Yuan
Succeeded by
Shih Chi-yang