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Taiwan VP candidate no longer holds US passport: Election Commission

Taiwan VP candidate no longer holds US passport: Election Commission

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – People First Party vice-presidential candidate Lin Ruey-shiung no longer holds United States citizenship, the Central Election Commission confirmed Wednesday.
When registering as a candidate last month, Lin showed a letter from the US State Department claiming he had given up his US passport.
Since individuals with double nationality cannot run for public office in Taiwan, critics threw doubt on Lin’s eligibility to run in the January 14 election.
The CEC passed all required documents on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for checks, and Wednesday it announced that all six presidential and vice-presidential candidates had passed the test.
Lin’s problems threatened to make things difficult for his running mate, PFP Chairman and presidential candidate James Soong. The ruling Kuomintang saw the PFP ticket as a threat because it could wean votes away, allowing the opposition Democratic Progressive Party to surpass KMT candidate President Ma Ying-jeou.
On Friday, the CEC will hold the drawing that assigns numbers to the three campaigns.
Lin is slated to participate in a live televised debate Saturday with his rival vice-presidential candidates, Premier Wu Den-yih for the KMT and Su Jia-chyuan for the DPP.
The presidential hopefuls held a debate last Saturday and will do so again on December 17.