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Tainan mayor to not vie for DPP presidential nomination

Tainan mayor to not vie for DPP presidential nomination

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te (???) announced late Friday that he will not take part in the Democratic Progressive Party's presidential preliminary (???) later this year, essentially ceding the race to DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???). Lai said in a post on his Facebook page that Tsai, the party's presidential candidate in 2012, has long prepared to vie for the party's presidential nomination and enjoys strong public support, and he urged DPP members to unite behind Tsai. The DPP said its primary will consist of a public opinion survey of its presidential candidates from March 16 to 18 and will make public its nominees for the 2016 presidential and legislative elections on April 15. Lai had been seen as Tsai's biggest potential threat within the party for the presidential nomination but had voiced reluctance in recent weeks to throw his hat into the ring.
Some media reports indicated that voices inside the party urging him to run had been growing.
Whoever secures the DPP's presidential nomination will be considered the favorite after the party's resounding win in nationwide local elections held late last year and the widespread dissatisfaction with the incumbent Kuomintang administration of President Ma Ying-jeou. (By Flor Wang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:18 GMT+08:00