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Soong focuses on people's livelihoods during televised presentation

Soong focuses on people's livelihoods during televised presentation

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) People First Party (PFP) presidential candidate James Soong Friday urged the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to focus on people's livelihoods instead of trading barbs during the election period. Appealing to low- and middle-income voters in the second of three televised platform presentations, the 69-year-old said what matters most to the government should be what matters to "people's lives." Blasting President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen for locking horns over political ideology, Soong said neither of them can provide long-term solutions to the challenges Taiwan is facing. During his 30-minute televised presentation, Soong highlighted the problems of farmers and fishermen, such as rising fuel costs and "unfair taxation." Meanwhile, Soong criticized the Central Election Commission (CEC) for not being "neutral" because his post-presentation televised news conference was not broadcast after the first platform presentation on Dec. 23. According to recent polls, Ma and Tsai are locked in a tight race, while Soong remains a distant third. The final televised platform presentation for candidates will be held on Jan. 6. A single televised presentation for the three vice presidential candidates -- Premier Wu Den-yih of the KMT, Su Jia-chyuan of the DPP and Lin Ruey-shiung of the PFP -- is scheduled for Jan. 2. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-08-04 02:47 GMT+08:00